verb (used without object), re·posed, re·pos·ing.

verb (used with object), re·posed, re·pos·ing.

to lay to rest; rest; refresh by rest (often used reflexively).

Origin of repose

1425–75; late Middle English reposen (v.) < Middle French reposer, Old French < Late Latin repausāre, equivalent to Latin re- re- + Late Latin pausāre to rest (derivative of Latin pausa pause)
Related formsre·pos·ed·ly [ri-poh-zid-lee] /rɪˈpoʊ zɪd li/, adverbre·pos·ed·ness, nounre·pos·er, noun
Can be confusedre-pose repose



verb (used with object), re·posed, re·pos·ing.

to put (confidence, trust, etc.) in a person or thing.
to put under the authority or at the disposal of a person.
Archaic. to deposit.

Origin of repose

1375–1425; late Middle English reposen to replace, representing Latin repōnere to put back; see re-, pose1



verb (used with or without object), re-posed, re-pos·ing.

to pose again.

Origin of re-pose

Can be confusedre-pose repose Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for repose

Contemporary Examples of repose

  • The other, Sophie Berthelot, was allowed in so she could repose in aeternum next to her spouse, the chemist Marcellin.

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    France Honors Women … Finally

    Katie Baker

    February 22, 2014

  • And those in the middle mostly plow ahead, refreshed by the repose of spirit or soul so hard to find at the top or the bottom.

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    The Music Industry Is Dying? Great

    James Poulos

    December 26, 2013

  • This is a still from a 2008 video called "Repose (on the Plinthe)", by Vancouver artist Adad Hannah.

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    Reflecting on Genius

    Blake Gopnik

    October 18, 2013

  • When the action summits, and when the characters are in a state of repose.

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    Benjamin Percy: How I Write

    Noah Charney

    June 5, 2013

  • Hillary Clinton seemed to be in a rare moment of repose while the Middle East erupted.

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    Hillary Clinton’s War for Women’s Rights

    Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

    March 6, 2011

Historical Examples of repose

British Dictionary definitions for repose




a state of quiet restfulness; peace or tranquillity
dignified calmness of manner; composure


to place (oneself or one's body) in a state of quiet relaxation; lie or lay down at rest
(intr) to lie when dead, as in the grave
(intr ; foll by on, in, etc) formal to take support (from) or be based (on)your plan reposes on a fallacy
Derived Formsreposal, nounreposer, nounreposeful, adjectivereposefully, adverbreposefulness, noun

Word Origin for repose

C15: from Old French reposer, from Late Latin repausāre from re- + pausāre to stop; see pause



verb (tr)

to put (trust or confidence) in a person or thing
to place or put (an object) somewhere
Derived Formsreposal, noun

Word Origin for repose

C15: from Latin repōnere to store up, from re- + pōnere to put
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Word Origin and History for repose

"lie at rest," mid-15c., from Middle French reposer, from Old French repauser (10c.), from Late Latin repausare "cause to rest," from Latin re-, here probably an intensive prefix (see re-), + Late Latin pausare "to stop" (see pause (v.)). Related: Reposed; reposing.


"put, place," mid-15c., from Latin repos-, stem of reponere "put back, set back, replace, restore; put away, lay out, stretch out," from re- "back, away" (see re-) + ponere "to put, place" (see position (n.)). Or perhaps [Klein] formed in Middle English from Old French poser, on model of disposen "dispose."


"rest," c.1500, from Middle French repos (11c.), back-formation from reposer (see repose (v.1)).

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