Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hind part.
  • n. The point or area farthest from the front: the rear of the hall.
  • n. The part of a military deployment usually farthest from the fighting front.
  • n. Informal The buttocks.
  • adj. Of, at, or located in the rear.
  • transitive v. To care for (children or a child) during the early stages of life; bring up.
  • transitive v. To lift upright; raise.
  • transitive v. To build; erect.
  • transitive v. To tend (growing plants or animals).
  • intransitive v. To rise on the hind legs, as a horse.
  • intransitive v. To rise high in the air; tower.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. (of eggs) Underdone; nearly raw.
  • adj. (of meats) Rare.
  • adj. Being behind, or in the hindmost part; hindmost; as, the rear rank of a company.
  • adv. early; soon
  • n. The back or hindmost part; that which is behind, or last on order; - opposed to front.
  • n. Specifically, the part of an army or fleet which comes last, or is stationed behind the rest.
  • n. The buttocks, a creature's bottom
  • v. To sodomize (perform anal sex)
  • v. To raise physically; to lift up; to cause to rise, to elevate.
  • v. To construct by building; to set up
  • v. To raise spiritually; to lift up; to elevate morally.
  • v. To lift and take up.
  • v. To bring up to maturity, as offspring; to educate; to instruct; to foster.
  • v. To breed and raise; as, to rear cattle (cattle-rearing).
  • v. To rouse; to strip up.
  • v. To rise up on the hind legs, as a bolting horse.
  • v. To move; stir.
  • v. To carve.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Being behind, or in the hindmost part; hindmost.
  • adv. Early; soon.
  • n. The back or hindmost part; that which is behind, or last in order; -- opposed to front.
  • n. Specifically, the part of an army or fleet which comes last, or is stationed behind the rest.
  • intransitive v. To rise up on the hind legs, as a horse; to become erect.
  • transitive v. To place in the rear; to secure the rear of.
  • transitive v. To raise; to lift up; to cause to rise, become erect, etc.; to elevate.
  • transitive v. To erect by building; to set up; to construct
  • transitive v. To lift and take up.
  • transitive v. To bring up to maturity, as young; to educate; to instruct; to foster.
  • transitive v. To breed and raise.
  • transitive v. To rouse; to stir up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To raise, lift, or hoist by or as if by main strength; bring to or place in an elevated position; set or hold up; elevate; bear aloft.
  • To form by raising or setting up the parts of; lift up and fix in place the materials of; erect; construct; build.
  • To raise from a prostrate state or position; uplift; exalt.
  • To lift or carry upward; give an upward bent or turn to.
  • To cause to rise into view; approach (an object) so that it appears above the visible horizon. See raise, 10.
  • To carry off, as by conquest; take away by or as if by lifting; wrest. See raise, 6.
  • To cause to rise to action; stir up; rouse.
  • To raise in amount; make a rise in; increase.
  • To develop or train physically or mentally or both, as young; care for while growing up; foster; nurture; educate: used of human beings, and less frequently of animals and plants. See raise.
  • To mock; gibe.
  • Synonyms Bring up, etc. See raise.
  • To rise up; assume an elevated posture, as a horse or other animal in standing on its hind legs alone.
  • To rise up before the plow, as a furrow.
  • Underdone; nearly raw; rare: formerly said of eggs, now (in the United States, in the form rare) of meats. Compare rear-boiled, rear-roasted.
  • n. The space behind or at the back; a tract or a position lying backward; the background of a situation or a point of view.
  • n. The back or hinder part; that part of anything which is placed or comes last in order or in position.
  • n. In specific military use, the hindmost body of an army or a fleet; the corps, regiment, squadron, or other division which moves or is placed last in order: opposed to van: as, the rear was widely separated from the main body.
  • Pertaining to or situated in the rear; hindermost; last: as, the rear rank.
  • To send to or place in the rear.
  • To move; stir.
  • To carve: applied to the carving of geese.
  • Same as rare.
  • n. The up-stream end of a drive. The logs may be either stranded or floating: in the former case they are termed dry rear; in the latter floating rear.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds
  • n. the side of an object that is opposite its front
  • v. rise up
  • n. the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer
  • n. the side that goes last or is not normally seen
  • v. cause to rise up
  • n. the back of a military formation or procession
  • adj. located in or toward the back or rear
  • v. bring up
  • v. construct, build, or erect
  • n. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

Etymologies

Middle English rere, rear of an army, short for rerewarde, rear guard; see rearward2.
Middle English reren, to raise, from Old English rǣran; see er-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English reren, from Old English rǣran ("to cause to rise, rear, raise, build, create, lift up, move from a lower to a higher position, elevate, promote, exalt, set up, establish, begin, commit, do, offer, give rise to, excite, rouse, arouse, stir up"), from Proto-Germanic *raizijanan, *raisijanan (“to cause to rise, raise”), from Proto-Indo-European *rei- (“to lift oneself, rise”). Cognate with Scots rere ("to construct, build, rear"), Icelandic reisa ("to raise"), Gothic  (raisjan, "to cause to rise, lift up, establish"), German reisen ("to travel", literally "to rear up and depart"). More at rise. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English reren, from Old English hrēran ("to move, shake, agitate"), from Proto-Germanic *hrōzijanan (“to stir”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱera-, *ḱrā- (“to mix, stir, cook”). Cognate with Dutch roeren ("to stir, shake, whip"), German rühren ("to stir, beat, move"), Swedish röra ("to touch, move, stir"), Icelandic hræra ("to stir"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English rere, from Old English hrēr, hrēre ("not thoroughly cooked, underdone, lightly boiled"), from hrēran ("to move, shake, agitate"), from Proto-Germanic *hrōzijanan (“to stir”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱera-, *ḱrā- (“to mix, stir, cook”). Related to Old English hrōr ("stirring, busy, active, strong, brave"), Dutch roeren ("to stir, shake, whip"), German rühren ("to stir, beat, move"), Swedish röra ("to touch, move, stir"), Icelandic hræra ("to stir"). (Wiktionary)
Anglo-Norman rere, ultimately from Latin retro. Compare arrear. (Wiktionary)

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  • That's weird! Garzanti Linguistica states that it's an uncommon usage. Maybe it is just a misspelling. Thank you...

    December 9, 2008

  • Rump steak.

    December 4, 2008

  • *is relieved*

    December 4, 2008

  • Nope. Sure you're not hearing rare?

    December 4, 2008

  • Does anyone use this word as a synonym for raw (insufficiently cooked, I mean)?

    December 3, 2008