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rear

adjective [before noun] uk   /rɪər/ us    /rɪr/
B2 at the back of something: There's a sticker on the rear door/window. The horse had injured one of its rear legs.
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rear

noun uk   /rɪər/ us    /rɪr/
the rear C1 the back part of something: We walked round to the rear of the house. Two police motorcyclists brought up the rear (= formed the last part) of the demonstration. [C] old-fashioned informal (also rear end) a person's bottom

rear

verb uk   /rɪər/ us    /rɪr/

rear verb (CARE FOR)

C1 [T] to care for young animals or children until they are able to care for themselves: Some women make a deliberate choice to rear a child alone. He describes how these birds rear their young.
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rear verb (RISE)

[I or T] to rise up or to lift something up: The horse reared (up) (= suddenly rose onto its back legs) when it heard the gun shot. The lion slowly reared its head (= lifted it up) and looked around.
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