To rest means to relax into something and let it support you. Rest yourself on the couch for a while, if you're tired.

The word rest comes from the German rasta meaning "league of miles." If you walked that far, you'd need a good rest too. Whatever way you choose to use the word rest — whether it's something you do, something you take, or something you put your arm up on — you're describing a moment of stillness and calm. Rest also means "the stuff left over." Who will eat the rest of the cookies when you have to rest from eating so many of them?

Definitions of rest
  1. verb
    take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
    synonyms: breathe, catch one's breath, take a breather
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    break, intermit, pause
    cease an action temporarily
  2. verb
    be at rest
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    be active, move
    be in a state of action
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    catch some Z's, kip, log Z's, sleep, slumber
    be asleep
    be on the verge of sleeping
    bundle, practice bundling
    sleep fully clothed in the same bed with one's betrothed
    catch a wink, catnap, nap
    take a siesta
    sleep in, sleep late
    sleep later than usual or customary
    hibernate, hole up
    sleep during winter
    aestivate, estivate
    sleep during summer
    be almost asleep
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    recline, recumb, repose
    lean in a comfortable resting position
  3. verb
    rest on or as if on a pillow
    synonyms: pillow
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  4. verb
    give a rest to
    “He rested his bad leg”
    Rest the dogs for a moment”
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    allow to regain its breath
  5. verb
    be inactive, refrain from acting
    “The committee is resting over the summer”
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    be in an inactive or dormant state
  6. noun
    a pause for relaxation
    “people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests
    synonyms: relief, respite, rest period
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    breath, breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time
    a short respite
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    break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension
    a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  7. noun
    freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)
    synonyms: ease, relaxation, repose
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    bed rest, bedrest
    confinement to bed continuously (as in the case of some sick or injured persons)
    relaxed and easy activity
    a long stay in bed in the morning
    dormancy, quiescence, quiescency, sleeping
    quiet and inactive restfulness
    freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity
    inactivity that is passive and monotonous, comparable to the inactivity of plant life
    the act of taking a vacation
    type of:
    being inactive; being less active
  8. noun
    euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb)
    “she was laid to rest beside her husband”
    synonyms: eternal rest, eternal sleep, quietus, sleep
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    the absence of life or state of being dead
  9. verb
    stay the same; remain in a certain state
    rest assured”
    synonyms: remain, stay
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
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    keep out
    remain outside
    sit tight
    maintain the same position; wait it out
    stay together, stick together
    be loyal to one another, especially in times of trouble
    remain inactive or immobile
    keep, stay fresh
    fail to spoil or rot
    to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  10. verb
    not move; be in a resting position
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    rest one's weight on one's knees
    stand, stand up
    be standing; be upright
    stand with arms or forelegs raised, as if menacing
    stand back
    stand away from an object or person
    line up, queue, queue up
    form a queue, form a line, stand in line
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  11. verb
    put something in a resting position, as for support or steadying
    Rest your head on my shoulder”
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  12. verb
    have a place in relation to something else
    “The responsibility rests with the Allies”
    synonyms: lie
    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
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    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
  13. verb
    sit, as on a branch
    synonyms: perch, roost
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    sit, sit down
    be seated
  14. noun
    a state of inaction
    “a body will continue in a state of rest until acted upon”
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    inaction, inactiveness, inactivity
    the state of being inactive
  15. noun
    a support on which things can be put
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    a support for the arm
    chin rest
    a rest on which a violinist can place the chin
    a rest for the head
    the part of an armchair or sofa that supports the elbow and forearm of a seated person
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    any device that bears the weight of another thing
  16. verb
    be inherent or innate in;
    synonyms: repose, reside
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    attach to, inhere in
    be part of
  17. noun
    a musical notation indicating a silence of a specified duration
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    whole rest
    a musical rest equal in duration to four beats in common time
    half rest
    a musical rest having the time value of half a whole rest or equal in duration to two beats in common time
    quarter rest
    a musical rest having one-fourth the time value of a whole rest
    type of:
    musical notation
    (music) notation used by musicians
  18. noun
    something left after other parts have been taken away
    “he threw away the rest
    synonyms: balance, remainder, residual, residue, residuum
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    dregs, leftover, remnant
    a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists
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    component, component part, constituent, moiety, part, portion
    something determined in relation to something that includes it
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