- an interval of silence between tones.
- a mark or sign indicating it.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- in a state of repose, as in sleep.
- quiescent; inactive; not in motion: the inertia of an object at rest.
- free from worry; tranquil: Nothing could put his mind at rest.
- to inter (a dead body); bury: He was laid to rest last Thursday.
- to allay, suppress, or appease.
Origin of rest1
Synonyms for rest
verb (used without object)
Origin of rest2
Origin of rest3
Related Words for restvacation, others, breathe, relax, lean, pause, sit, prop, settle, lay, stand, reside, lie, hang, stay, recess, downtime, repose, hush, sleep
Examples from the Web for rest
Contemporary Examples of rest
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Everything was moving ahead smoothly, and continued to for the rest of the year.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake.
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Historical Examples of rest
I need cheerfulness and rest for a long time after this day in town.
I was with him when he died, but knew not the hour he departed, for he sunk to rest like an infant.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The rest of the estate went to the testator's widow for life, and then to charity.
Now they neared the foot of the shaft where the rest of the party seemed to await them.
Let it go and tuck in your handkerchief like the rest of us.
- relaxation from exertion or labour
- (as modifier)a rest period
- not moving; still
- calm; tranquil
- to stop rowing for a time
- to stop doing anything for a time
Word Origin for rest
noun the rest
Word Origin for rest
"sleep," Old English ræste, reste "rest, bed, intermission of labor, mental peace," common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon resta "resting place, burial-place," Dutch rust, Old High German rasta, German Rast "rest, peace, repose"), of uncertain origin.
Original sense seems to be a measure of distance (cf. Old High German rasta, which in addition to "rest" meant "league of miles," Old Norse rost "league, distance after which one rests," Gothic rasta "mile, stage of a journey"), perhaps a word from the nomadic period. Unless the original sense is "repose," thence extended secondarily to "distance between two resting place."
The meaning "support, thing upon which something rests" is attested from 1580s. At rest "dead" is from mid-14c., on the notion of "last rest." Rest stop is from 1973. Colloquial expression to give (something) a rest "to stop talking about it" is first recorded 1927, American English.
"remainder, that which is left after a separation," early 15c., from Middle French reste "remnant," from rester "to remain" (see rest (v.2)). Meaning "others, those not included in a proposition" is from 1530s.
"repose, cease from action," Old English ræstan, restan "take repose by lying down; lie in death or in the grave; cease from motion, work, or performance; be without motion; be undisturbed, be free from what disquiets; stand or lie as upon a support or basis," from root of rest (n.1). Transitive senses "give repose to; lay or place, as on a support or basis" are from early 13c. Meaning "cease from, have intermission" is late 14c., also "rely on for support." Related: Rested; resting. Common Germanic, cf. Old Frisian resta, Dutch rusten, Old High German raston, German rasten, Swedish rasta, Danish raste "to rest." Resting place is from mid-14c.
"to be left, remain," mid-15c., from Old French rester "to remain," from Latin restare "stand back, be left," from re- "back" (see re-) + stare "to stand" (see stet). Partially confused and merged with the other verb rest. Sense of "to continue to be" is in rest assured. Transitive sense of "to keep, cause to continue to remain" was common in 16c.-17c., "used with a predicate adjective following and qualifying the object" [Century Dictionary], hence phrase rest you merry (1540s); God rest you merry, gentlemen, often is mis-punctuated.
In addition to the idioms beginning with rest
- rest assured
- rest on one's laurels
- at rest
- lay at rest
- lay to rest
- set one's mind at rest