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repose1

[ri-pohz]
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noun
  1. the state of reposing or being at rest; rest; sleep.
  2. peace; tranquillity; calm.
  3. dignified calmness, as of manner; composure.
  4. absence of movement, animation, etc.: When in repose, her face recalls the Mona Lisa.
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verb (used without object), re·posed, re·pos·ing.
  1. to lie or be at rest, as from work, activity, etc.
  2. to lie dead: His body will repose in the chapel for two days.
  3. to be peacefully calm and quiet: The sea reposed under the tropical sun.
  4. to lie or rest on something.
  5. Archaic. to depend or rely on a person or thing.
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verb (used with object), re·posed, re·pos·ing.
  1. to lay to rest; rest; refresh by rest (often used reflexively).
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Origin of repose1

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

repose2

[ri-pohz]
verb (used with object), re·posed, re·pos·ing.
  1. to put (confidence, trust, etc.) in a person or thing.
  2. to put under the authority or at the disposal of a person.
  3. Archaic. to deposit.
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Origin of repose2

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

re-pose

[ree-pohz]
verb (used with or without object), re-posed, re-pos·ing.
  1. to pose again.
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Origin of re-pose

Can be confusedre-pose repose
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inactivitystillnessquietuderenewalquietnessslumbereasepeacequietrestrefreshmentrestorationsleepleisuretranquillityrelaxationinactionrespiterelaxinglie

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British Dictionary definitions for repose

repose1

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

Word Origin

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

repose2

verb (tr)
  1. to put (trust or confidence) in a person or thing
  2. to place or put (an object) somewhere
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Derived Formsreposal, noun

Word Origin

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

v.1

"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.

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v.2

"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."

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n.

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

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