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[ rest ]
/ rɛst /
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noun
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Idioms about rest

    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

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First recorded before 900; Middle English noun rest(e), rast(e), Old English reste, ræst; akin to German Rast; the verb is derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM rest

rester, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rest

rest , wrest

Other definitions for rest (2 of 3)

rest2
[ rest ]
/ rɛst /

noun
the part that is left or remains; remainder: The rest of the students are in the corridor.
the others: All the rest are going.
British Banking. surplus (defs. 1, 2).
verb (used without object)
to continue to be; remain as specified: Rest assured that all is well.

Origin of rest

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First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English verb resten “to remain due or unpaid,” from Middle French rester “to remain,” from Latin restāre “to remain standing, linger, stay put” equivalent to re- prefix + stāre “to stand, stand up, be standing”; noun derivative of the verb; see re-, stand

Other definitions for rest (3 of 3)

rest3
[ rest ]
/ rɛst /

noun Armor.
a support for a lance; lance rest.

Origin of rest

3
First recorded in 1490–1500; shortening of arrest
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British Dictionary definitions for rest (1 of 2)

rest1
/ (rɛst) /

noun
verb

Derived forms of rest

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 rest (2 of 2)

rest2
/ (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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Medical definitions for rest

rest
[ rĕst ]

n.
v.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Other Idioms and Phrases with rest

rest

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