repose

1
[ ri-pohz ]
/ rɪˈpoʊz /

noun

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

1
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 forms

re·pos·ed·ly [ri-poh-zid-lee] /rɪˈpoʊ zɪd li/, adverbre·pos·ed·ness, nounre·pos·er, noun

Can be confused

re-pose repose

Definition for repose (2 of 3)

repose

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[ ri-pohz ]
/ rɪˈpoʊz /

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

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

Definition for repose (3 of 3)

re-pose

[ ree-pohz ]
/ riˈpoʊz /

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

to pose again.

Origin of re-pose

Can be confused

re-pose repose
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British Dictionary definitions for repose (1 of 2)

repose

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/ (rɪˈpəʊz) /

noun

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

verb

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 Forms

Word Origin for repose

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

British Dictionary definitions for repose (2 of 2)

repose

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/ (rɪˈpəʊz) /

verb (tr)

to put (trust or confidence) in a person or thing
to place or put (an object) somewhere

Derived Forms

reposal, noun

Word Origin for repose

C15: from Latin repōnere to store up, from re- + pōnere to put
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