Rest - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rest|  American pronunciation of the word rest
Brit.  |rest|  British pronunciation of the word rest


- something left after other parts have been taken away (syn: balance, remainder, residual, residue, residuum)
he threw away the rest
- freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility) (syn: ease, relaxation, repose)
- a pause for relaxation (syn: relief, respite)
people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests
- a state of inaction
a body will continue in a state of rest until acted upon
- euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb) (syn: quietus, sleep)
she was laid to rest beside her husband
- a support on which things can be put
the gun was steadied on a special rest
- a musical notation indicating a silence of a specified duration


- not move; be in a resting position
- take a short break from one's activities in order to relax (syn: breathe)
- give a rest to
He rested his bad leg
- have a place in relation to something else (syn: lie)
The responsibility rests with the Allies
- be at rest
- stay the same; remain in a certain state (syn: remain, stay)
rest assured
- be inherent or innate in (syn: repose, reside)
- put something in a resting position, as for support or steadying
- sit, as on a branch (syn: perch, roost)
- rest on or as if on a pillow (syn: pillow)
- be inactive, refrain from acting
The committee is resting over the summer

Extra examples

We will not rest until we discover the truth.

The workers were resting in the shade.

He is resting comfortably after his ordeal.

She went to her room to rest for a while.

The coach canceled practice to rest his team.

He rested his horse before continuing the journey.

You should rest your eyes after all that reading.

The pitcher needs to rest his arm.

The spoon was resting in the cup.

The house rests on a concrete foundation.

Rest your men for an hour.

It was so comfortable resting in his arms.

Let us rest his body in his family grave.

He could not rest till he got his wish.

Rest your head against the back of the chair.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: rest
he/she/it: rests
present participle: resting
past tense: rested
past participle: rested
singular: rest
plural: rests
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