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rear 1

1. A hind part.
2. The point or area farthest from the front: the rear of the hall.
3. The part of a military deployment usually farthest from the fighting front.
4. Informal The buttocks.
Of, at, or located in the rear.

[Middle English rere, rear of an army, short for rerewarde, rear guard; see rearward2.]

rear 2

v. reared, rear·ing, rears
1. To care for (children or a child) during the early stages of life; bring up. See Usage Note at raise.
2. To tend (growing plants or animals).
3. To build; erect.
4. Archaic To lift upright; raise.
1. To rise on the hind legs, as a horse.
2. To rise high in the air; tower.

[Middle English reren, to raise, from Old English rǣran; see er- in Indo-European roots.]

rear′er n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rearing - the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a childrearing - the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child
upbringing - properties acquired during a person's formative years
2.rearing - helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community; "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"
acculturation, enculturation, socialisation, socialization - the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture; "the socialization of children to the norms of their culture"
Adj.1.rearing - rearing on left hind leg with forelegs elevated and head usually in profile; "a lion rampant"
heraldry - the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
erect, upright, vertical - upright in position or posture; "an erect stature"; "erect flower stalks"; "for a dog, an erect tail indicates aggression"; "a column still vertical amid the ruins"; "he sat bolt upright"
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