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Meaning of “rear” in the English Dictionary

"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 police motorcyclists 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 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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(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/
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 dog hurt his rear left leg.

rearverb

us   /rɪr/
  • rear verb (CARE FOR)

[T] to care for young children 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 horse suddenly reared (up) on its hind legs.

rearnoun [C/U]

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

infml Your buttocks are sometimes called your rear.
(Definition of rear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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