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REAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rear mean? 

REAR (noun)
  The noun REAR has 5 senses:

1. the back of a military formation or procession
2. the side of an object that is opposite its front
3. the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer
4. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
5. the side that goes last or is not normally seen

  Familiarity information: REAR used as a noun is common.


REAR (adjective)
  The adjective REAR has 1 sense:

1. located in or toward the back or rear

  Familiarity information: REAR used as an adjective is very rare.


REAR (verb)
  The verb REAR has 5 senses:

1. stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds
2. bring up
3. rise up
4. cause to rise up
5. construct, build, or erect

  Familiarity information: REAR used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


REAR (noun)


Sense 1rear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The back of a military formation or procession

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

infantrymen were in the rear

Hypernyms ("rear" is a kind of...):

formation (an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Antonym:

head (the front of a military formation or procession)


Sense 2rear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The side of an object that is opposite its front

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

backside; back end; rear

Context example:

his room was toward the rear of the hotel

Hypernyms ("rear" is a kind of...):

face; side (a surface forming part of the outside of an object)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "rear"):

nape; nucha; scruff (the back side of the neck)

rearward (direction toward the rear)

Antonym:

front (the side that is forward or prominent)


Sense 3rear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

back; rear

Context examples:

he stood at the back of the stage / it was hidden in the rear of the store

Hypernyms ("rear" is a kind of...):

place; position (the particular portion of space occupied by something)


Sense 4rear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

hind end; hindquarters; keister; nates; posterior; prat; rear end; fanny; buttocks; behind; ass; derriere; tush; buns; tooshie; arse; fundament; backside; seat; rump; tail end; stern; bottom; rear; tail; can; butt; bum

Context examples:

he deserves a good kick in the butt / are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?

Hypernyms ("rear" is a kind of...):

body part (any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity)

Holonyms ("rear" is a part of...):

body; torso; trunk (the body excluding the head and neck and limbs)


Sense 5rear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The side that goes last or is not normally seen

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

back; rear

Context example:

he wrote the date on the back of the photograph

Hypernyms ("rear" is a kind of...):

side (an extended outer surface of an object)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "rear"):

after part; poop; quarter; stern; tail (the rear part of a ship)

empennage; tail; tail assembly (the rear part of an aircraft)

Antonym:

front (the side that is seen or that goes first)


REAR (adjective)


Sense 1rear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Located in or toward the back or rear

Synonyms:

rear; rearward

Context examples:

the chair's rear legs / the rear door of the plane / on the rearward side

Similar:

back (related to or located at the back)


REAR (verb)


Sense 1rear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

rear; rise up

Context example:

The horse reared in terror

Hypernyms (to "rear" is one way to...):

straighten (get up from a sitting or slouching position)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "rear"):

rear back (rear backwards on its hind legs)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 2rear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring up

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

parent; bring up; nurture; rear; raise

Context examples:

raise a family / bring up children

Cause:

grow up (become an adult)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "rear"):

fledge (feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight)

cradle (bring up from infancy)

foster (bring up under fosterage; of children)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3rear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rise up

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

rear; rise; lift

Context example:

The building rose before them

Hypernyms (to "rear" is one way to...):

appear; look; seem (give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "rear"):

hulk; loom; predominate; tower (appear very large or occupy a commanding position)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 4rear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to rise up

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

erect; rear

Hypernyms (to "rear" is one way to...):

bring up; elevate; get up; lift; raise (raise from a lower to a higher position)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "rear"):

cock up; prick; prick up (raise)

pitch; set up (erect and fasten)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5rear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Construct, build, or erect

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

erect; put up; set up; rear; raise

Context example:

Raise a barn

Hypernyms (to "rear" is one way to...):

build; construct; make (make by combining materials and parts)

Domain category:

building; construction (the act of constructing something)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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