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English adjective: rear

1. rear located in or toward the back or rear

SamplesThe chair's rear legs.
The rear door of the plane.
On the rearward side.




English noun: rear

1. rear (group) the back of a military formation or procession

SamplesInfantrymen were in the rear.

Broader (hypernym)formation

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine


2. rear (location) the side of an object that is opposite its front

SamplesHis room was toward the rear of the hotel.

Synonymsback end, backside

Broader (hypernym)face, side

Narrower (hyponym)nape, nucha, rearward, scruff

Antonymsforepart, front, front end

3. rear (location) the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer

SamplesHe stood at the back of the stage.
It was hidden in the rear of the store.


Broader (hypernym)place, position


4. rear (body) the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

SamplesHe deserves a good kick in the butt.
Are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?.

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

Broader (hypernym)body part

Part meronymbody, torso, trunk

5. rear (artifact) the side that goes last or is not normally seen

SamplesHe wrote the date on the back of the photograph.


Broader (hypernym)side

Narrower (hyponym)after part, empennage, poop, quarter, stern, tail, tail, tail assembly


English verb: rear

1. rear (motion) stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds

SamplesThe horse reared in terror.

Synonymsrise up

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)straighten

Narrower (hyponym)rear back

2. rear (social) bring up

SamplesRaise a family.
Bring up children.

Synonymsbring up, nurture, parent, raise

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)cradle, fledge, foster

Causegrow up

3. rear (stative) rise up

SamplesThe building rose before them.

Synonymslift, rise

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)appear, look, seem

Narrower (hyponym)hulk, loom, predominate, tower

4. rear (motion) cause to rise up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise

Narrower (hyponym)cock up, pitch, prick, prick up, set up

5. rear (creation) construct, build, or erect

SamplesRaise a barn.

Synonymserect, put up, raise, set up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)build, construct, make

Domain categorybuilding, construction

Antonymsdismantle, pull down, rase, raze, tear down, level, take down

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