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 for rear
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rear \Rear\, v. i.
     To rise up on the hind legs, as a horse; to become erect.
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     Rearing bit, a bit designed to prevent a horse from lifting
        his head when rearing. --Knight.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rear \Rear\ (r[=e]r), v. t.
     To place in the rear; to secure the rear of. [R.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rear \Rear\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reared (r[=e]rd); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Rearing.] [AS. r[=ae]ran to raise, rear, elevate,
     for r[=ae]san, causative of r[imac]san to rise. See Rise,
     and cf. Raise.]
     1. To raise; to lift up; to cause to rise, become erect,
        etc.; to elevate; as, to rear a monolith.
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              In adoration at his feet I fell
              Submiss; he reared me.                --Milton.
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              It reareth our hearts from vain thoughts. --Barrow.
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              Mine [shall be] the first hand to rear her banner.
                                                    --Ld. Lytton.
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     2. To erect by building; to set up; to construct; as, to rear
        defenses or houses; to rear one government on the ruins of
        another.
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              One reared a font of stone.           --Tennyson.
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     3. To lift and take up. [Obs. or R.]
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              And having her from Trompart lightly reared,
              Upon his courser set the lovely load. --Spenser.
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     4. To bring up to maturity, as young; to educate; to
        instruct; to foster; as, to rear offspring.
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              He wants a father to protect his youth,
              And rear him up to virtue.            --Southern.
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     5. To breed and raise; as, to rear cattle.
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     6. To rouse; to stir up. [Obs.]
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              And seeks the tusky boar to rear.     --Dryden.
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     Syn: To lift; elevate; erect; raise; build; establish. See
          the Note under Raise, 3
        (c) .
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rear \Rear\ (r[=e]r), adv.
     Early; soon. [Prov. Eng.]
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           Then why does Cuddy leave his cot so rear? --Gay.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rear \Rear\, n. [OF. riere behind, backward, fr. L. retro. Cf.
     Arrear.]
     1. The back or hindmost part; that which is behind, or last
        in order; -- opposed to front.
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              Nipped with the lagging rear of winter's frost.
                                                    --Milton.
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     2. Specifically, the part of an army or fleet which comes
        last, or is stationed behind the rest.
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              When the fierce foe hung on our broken rear.
                                                    --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rear \Rear\, a.
     Being behind, or in the hindmost part; hindmost; as, the rear
     rank of a company.
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     Rear admiral, an officer in the navy, next in rank below a
        vice admiral and above a commodore. See Admiral.
  
     Rear front (Mil.), the rear rank of a body of troops when
        faced about and standing in that position.
  
     Rear guard (Mil.), the division of an army that marches in
        the rear of the main body to protect it; -- used also
        figuratively.
  
     Rear line (Mil.), the line in the rear of an army.
  
     Rear rank (Mil.), the rank or line of a body of troops
        which is in the rear, or last in order.
  
     Rear sight (Firearms), the sight nearest the breech.
  
     To bring up the rear, to come last or behind.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rear
      adj 1: located in or toward the back or rear; "the chair's rear
             legs"; "the rear door of the plane"; "on the rearward
             side" [syn: rear(a), rearward(a)]
      n 1: the back of a military formation or procession;
           "infantrymen were in the rear" [ant: head]
      2: the side of an object that is opposite its front; "his room
         was toward the rear of the hotel" [syn: rear, backside,
         back end] [ant: forepart, front, front end]
      3: the part of something that is furthest from the normal
         viewer; "he stood at the back of the stage"; "it was hidden
         in the rear of the store" [syn: back, rear] [ant:
         front]
      4: the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he
         deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on
         your fanny and do nothing?" [syn: buttocks, nates,
         arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can,
         fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister,
         posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern,
         seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom,
         behind, derriere, fanny, ass]
      5: the side that goes last or is not normally seen; "he wrote
         the date on the back of the photograph" [syn: rear, back]
         [ant: front]
      v 1: stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds; "The horse reared
           in terror" [syn: rear, rise up]
      2: bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children" [syn: rear,
         raise, bring up, nurture, parent]
      3: rise up; "The building rose before them" [syn: rise,
         lift, rear]
      4: cause to rise up [syn: rear, erect]
      5: construct, build, or erect; "Raise a barn" [syn: raise,
         erect, rear, set up, put up] [ant: dismantle,
         level, pull down, rase, raze, take down, tear
         down]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  263 Moby Thesaurus words for "rear":
     aft, after, aftermost, apprentice, arena, arise, arse, ascend, ass,
     assemble, back, backdrop, background, backside, backward, behind,
     boost, bottom, break, break in, breed, bring up, bristle, build,
     bulk, bulk large, bum, buoy up, buss the clouds, butt, buttocks,
     care for, carve, cast, cast up, chisel, cock up, come up, compose,
     compound, concoct, condition, construct, convert, create, crop,
     croup, crupper, cultivate, culture, curl upwards, develop, devise,
     discipline, distance, drill, dryfarm, educate, elaborate, elevate,
     end, erect, escalate, evolve, exceed, exercise, extract, extrude,
     fabricate, fanny, farm, fashion, fatten, feed, fetch up, field,
     fit, flounder, form, formulate, foster, frame, fudge together,
     garden, get up, go up, groom, ground, grow, grow up, harvest,
     hatch, haunches, heave, heft, heighten, heist, hike, hind,
     hind end, hind part, hinder, hindermost, hindhand, hindmost,
     hindquarters, hinterland, hobbyhorse, hoick, hoist, hold up,
     house-train, housebreak, improve, indite, jerk up, jump up, keep,
     knock up, last, levitate, lick into shape, lift, lift up, lob,
     locale, loft, loom, loom large, lurch, machine, make,
     make heavy weather, make up, manufacture, mature, mill, mine,
     mise-en-scene, mold, mount, nates, nurse, nurture, outsoar,
     outstrip, overtop, patch together, perk up, pick up,
     piece together, pitch, pitch and toss, plunge, posterior, postern,
     pound, practice, prefabricate, prepare, process, produce,
     propagate, pump, put in tune, put to school, put together, put up,
     raise, raise aloft, raise up, ramp, ranch, ready, rear aloft,
     rear end, rear guard, rear up, rearmost, rearward, reel, refine,
     rehearse, retral, retrograde, rise, rise above, rise up, rock,
     roll, rump, run, run up, scend, scene, seat, send to school,
     set up, setting, shape, sharecrop, sit bolt upright, sit up, sky,
     smelt, soar, spiral, spire, stage, stage set, stage setting,
     stand on tiptoe, stand out, stand up, stand upright, stern,
     stick up, surge, swarm up, sway, sweep up, swing, tag end, tail,
     tail end, take in hand, take up, theater, throw up, toss,
     toss and tumble, tower, tower above, train, transcend, tumble,
     tush, tushy, up, upbuoy, upcast, upend, upgo, upgrow, upheave,
     uphoist, uphold, uplift, upraise, uprear, upright, uprise, upspin,
     upstream, upsurge, upswarm, upthrow, upwind, wallow, welter,
     whomp up, write, yaw
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  REAR, n.  In American military matters, that exposed part of the army
  that is nearest to Congress.
  

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