rear ( rears 3rd person present) ( rearing present participle) ( reared past tense & past participle )
1 n-sing The rear of something such as a building or vehicle is the back part of it.
the N, usu N of n
(=back) (Antonym: front)
He settled back in the rear of the taxi., ...a stairway in the rear of the building.
Rear is also an adjective., adj ADJ n
Manufacturers have been obliged to fit rear seat belts in all new cars.
2 n-sing If you are at the rear of a moving line of people, you are the last person in it.
FORMAL the N, usu N of n
(=back) (Antonym: front)
Musicians played at the front and rear of the procession...
3 n-count Your rear is the part of your body that you sit on.
INFORMAL usu poss N
I turned away from the phone to see Lewis pat a waitress on her rear.
4 verb If you rear children, you look after them until they are old enough to look after themselves.
(=bring up, raise)
She reared sixteen children, six her own and ten her husband's... V n
5 verb If you rear a young animal, you keep and look after it until it is old enough to be used for work or food, or until it can look after itself.
She spends a lot of time rearing animals. V n
in AM, usually use raise
6 verb When a horse rears, it moves the front part of its body upwards, so that its front legs are high in the air and it is standing on its back legs.
The horse reared and threw off its rider. V
7 verb If you say that something such as a building or mountain rears above you, you mean that is very tall and close to you.
The exhibition hall reared above me behind a high fence... V prep/adv
8 If a person or vehicle isbringing up the rear, they are the last person or vehicle in a moving line of them.
bring up the rear phrase V inflects
...police motorcyclists bringing up the rear of the procession.
9 If something unpleasant rears its head or rears its ugly head, it becomes visible or noticeable.
rear its head/rears its ugly head phrase V and N inflect The threat of strikes reared its head again this summer...
Rear Admiral ( Rear Admirals plural ) Rear Admiral is a rank in the navy. It is the rank below Vice Admiral. n-title; n-count
...Rear Admiral Douglas Cap, commander of the USS America.
rear-end ( rear-ends 3rd person present) ( rear-ending present participle) ( rear-ended past tense & past participle ) If a driver or vehicle rear-ends the vehicle in front, they crash into the back of it.
A few days earlier somebody had rear-ended him. V n
rear-view mirror ( rear-view mirrors plural ) , rearview mirror Inside a car, the rear-view mirror is the mirror that enables you to see the traffic behind when you are driving. n-count