rest

1
[ rest ]
/ rɛst /

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

Idioms

    at rest,
    1. in a state of repose, as in sleep.
    2. dead.
    3. quiescent; inactive; not in motion: the inertia of an object at rest.
    4. free from worry; tranquil: Nothing could put his mind at rest.
    lay to rest,
    1. to inter (a dead body); bury: He was laid to rest last Thursday.
    2. to allay, suppress, or appease.

Origin of rest

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English; akin to German Rast; (v.) Middle English resten, Old English restan; akin to German rasten

Related forms

rest·er, noun

Can be confused

rest wrest
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British Dictionary definitions for at rest (1 of 2)

rest

1
/ (rɛst) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

rester, noun

Word Origin for rest

Old English ræst, reste, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic rasta a mile, Old Norse röst mile

British Dictionary definitions for at rest (2 of 2)

rest

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/ (rɛst) /

noun the rest

something left or remaining; remainder
the othersthe rest of the world

verb

(copula) to continue to be (as specified); remainrest assured

Word Origin for rest

C15: from Old French rester to remain, from Latin rēstāre, from re- + stāre to stand
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Medicine definitions for at rest

rest

[ rĕst ]

n.

v.

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Idioms and Phrases with at rest (1 of 2)

at rest


1

In a state of inactivity or repose, either physical or mental. For example, The doctor's clear explanation put her mind at rest. Chaucer used this idiom in Troilus and Cressida (c. 1374): “I mine heart set at rest upon this point.” Also see lay at rest.

2

Dead, as in His soul is now at rest with his forebears. This usage, employing rest to refer to death's repose, is less common today. [1300s]

Idioms and Phrases with at rest (2 of 2)

rest


In addition to the idioms beginning with rest

  • rest assured
  • rest on one's laurels

also see:

  • at rest
  • lay at rest
  • lay to rest
  • set one's mind at rest
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