rear Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"rear" in British English

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rearadjective [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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rearnoun

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

rearverb

uk   /rɪər/  us   /rɪr/

rear verb (CARE FOR)

C1 [T] to ​care for ​younganimals or ​children until they are ​able to ​care for themselves: Some women make a ​deliberatechoice to rear a childalone. 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) (= ​suddenlyrose onto ​its back ​legs) when it ​heard the ​gunshot. The ​lionslowly reared ​itshead (= ​lifted it up) and ​looked around.
(Definition of rear from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rear" in American English

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rearadjective [not gradable]

 us   /rɪər/

rear adjective [not gradable] (AT THE BACK)

at or near the back of something: I had the rear ​brakes on the ​car redone. She ​entered the ​school through an ​unlocked rear ​door. Our ​doghurt his rear ​leftleg.

rearverb

 us   /rɪr/

rear verb (CARE FOR)

[T] to ​care for ​youngchildren or ​animals until they are ​able to ​care for themselves: She reared eight ​children.

rear verb (RISE)

[I/T] to ​rise up or to ​lift up: [I] The ​horsesuddenly reared (up) on ​itshindlegs.

rearnoun [C/U]

 us   /rɪr/

rear noun [C/U] (AT THE BACK)

infmlYourbuttocks are sometimes called ​your rear.
(Definition of rear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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