Pronunciation: (rēr), [key]
1. the back of something, as distinguished from the front: The porch is at the rear of the house.
2. the space or position behind something: The bus driver asked the passengers to move to the rear.
3. the buttocks; rump.
4. the hindmost portion of an army, fleet, etc.
5. bring up the rear, to be at the end; follow behind: The army retreated, and the fleeing civilian population brought up the rear.

pertaining to or situated at the rear of something: the rear door of a bus.


Pronunciation: (rēr), [key]
1. to take care of and support up to maturity: to rear a child.
2. to breed and raise (livestock).
3. to raise by building; erect.
4. to raise to an upright position: to rear a ladder.
5. to lift or hold up; elevate; raise.

1. to rise on the hind legs, as a horse or other animal.
2. (of a person) to start up in angry excitement, hot resentment, or the like (usually fol. by up).
3. to rise high or tower aloft: The skyscraper rears high over the neighboring buildings.

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