What is the meaning of rest?


  • Something left after other parts have been taken away.
    • usage: "there was no remainder"; "he threw away the rest"; "he took what he wanted and I got the balance"
  • Freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility. )
    • usage: "took his repose by the swimming pool"
  • A pause for relaxation.
    • usage: "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
  • A state of inaction.
    • usage: "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. )
    • usage: "she was laid to rest beside her husband"; "they had to put their family pet to sleep"
  • A support on which things can be put.
    • usage: "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.
  • Give a rest to.
    • usage: "He rested his bad leg"; "Rest the dogs for a moment"
  • Have a place in relation to something else.
    • usage: "The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West"; "The responsibility rests with the Allies"
  • Be at rest.
  • Stay the same; remain in a certain state.
    • usage: "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"
  • Be inherent or innate in;.
  • Put something in a resting position, as for support or steadying.
    • usage: "Rest your head on my shoulder"
  • Sit, as on a branch.
    • usage: "The birds perched high in the tree"
  • Rest on or as if on a pillow.
    • usage: "pillow your head"
  • Be inactive, refrain from acting.
    • usage: "The committee is resting over the summer"
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APAWordNet. (2010). rest. Retrieved May 27, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/rest/definitions/1322122
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