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

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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).



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