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rest meaning and definition

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REST noun

Definition of rest (noun)

  1. something left after other parts have been taken away
  2. freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)
  3. a pause for relaxation
  4. a state of inaction
    • "a body will continue in a state of rest until acted upon"
  5. euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb)
  6. a support on which things can be put
    • "the gun was steadied on a special rest"
  7. a musical notation indicating a silence of a specified duration

REST verb

Definition of rest (verb)

  1. not move; be in a resting position
  2. take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
  3. give a rest to
    • "He rested his bad leg"; "Rest the dogs for a moment"
  4. have a place in relation to something else
    • "The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West"; "The responsibility rests with the Allies"
    • synonyms: lie
  5. be at rest
  6. stay the same; remain in a certain state
    • "The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it"; "rest assured"; "stay alone"; "He remained unmoved by her tears"; "The bad weather continued for another week"
    • synonyms: remain, stay
    • antonym: change
  7. be inherent or innate in;
  8. put something in a resting position, as for support or steadying
    • "Rest your head on my shoulder"
  9. sit, as on a branch
    • "The birds perched high in the tree"
    • synonyms: perch, roost
  10. rest on or as if on a pillow
    • "pillow your head"
    • synonyms: pillow
  11. be inactive, refrain from acting
    • "The committee is resting over the summer"
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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