from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of resting or the state of being at rest.
  • n. Freedom from worry; peace of mind.
  • n. Calmness; tranquillity.
  • transitive v. To lay (oneself) down.
  • transitive v. To rest or relax (oneself).
  • intransitive v. To lie at rest.
  • intransitive v. To lie dead: repose in a grave.
  • intransitive v. To lie while being supported by something.
  • transitive v. To place (trust, for example): reposed all his hopes in the new cure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. rest, sleep
  • n. quietness, ease; peace, calmness
  • n. period between eruptions of a volcano.
  • v. To lay, to set down.
  • v. To confide or entrust to someone.
  • v. To reside in something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A lying at rest; sleep; rest; quiet.
  • n. Rest of mind; tranquillity; freedom from uneasiness; also, a composed manner or deportment.
  • n. A rest; a pause.
  • n. That harmony or moderation which affords rest for the eye; -- opposed to the scattering and division of a subject into too many unconnected parts, and also to anything which is overstrained.
  • intransitive v. To lie at rest; to rest.
  • intransitive v. Figuratively, to remain or abide restfully without anxiety or alarms.
  • intransitive v. To lie; to be supported; as, trap reposing on sand.
  • transitive v. To cause to stop or to rest after motion; hence, to deposit; to lay down; to lodge; to reposit.
  • transitive v. To lay at rest; to cause to be calm or quiet; to compose; to rest, -- often reflexive.
  • transitive v. To place, have, or rest; to set; to intrust.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lay (a thing) at rest; lay by; lay up; deposit.
  • To lay at rest; refresh by rest: with reference to a person, and often used reflexively.
  • To cause to be calm or quiet; tranquilize; compose.
  • To lay, place, or rest, as confidence or trust.
  • To lie or be at rest; take rest; sleep.
  • To rest in confidence; rely: followed by on or upon.
  • Synonyms To recline, settle, slumber. See rest, intransitive verb
  • n. The act or state of reposing; inaction; a lying at rest; sleep; rest.
  • n. Freedom from disturbance of any kind; tranquillity.
  • n. Settled composure; natural or habitual dignity and calmness of manner and action.
  • n. Cause of rest; that which gives repose; a rest; a pause.
  • n. In a work of art, dependence for effect entirely upon inherent excellence, all meretricious effect of gaudiness of color or exaggeration of attitude being avoided; a general moderation or restraint of color and treatment; an avoidance of obtrusive tints and of violent action.
  • n. =Syn. 1–3. Quiet, Tranquillity, etc. (see rest), quietness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)
  • n. the absence of mental stress or anxiety
  • v. put in a horizontal position
  • v. lean in a comfortable resting position
  • v. put or confide something in a person or thing
  • v. lie when dead
  • v. to put something (eg trust) in something
  • n. a disposition free from stress or emotion
  • v. be inherent or innate in


From Middle English reposen, to be at rest, from Old French reposer, from Late Latin repausāre, to cause to rest : Latin re-, re- + Latin pausāre, to rest (from Latin pausa, rest; see pause).
Middle English reposen, to replace, from Latin repōnere, repos-, to put away; see reposit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin repausare ("to lay at rest, quiet, also nourish, intransitive to be at rest, rest, repose"), from Latin re- ("again") + pausare ("to pause, rest"), from pausa ("pause"), from Ancient Greek παῦσις (pausis). (Wiktionary)



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