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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.
Translations of “rear”
in Spanish parte trasera, trasero…
in French arrière, derrière…
in German die Rückseite, die Nachhut, der Hintern…
in Chinese (Simplified) 后部的, 后面的, 背部的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 後部的, 後面的, 背部的…
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