rest

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?

Primary Meanings of rest

1.
vn
take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
a pause for relaxation
2.
vn
stay the same; remain in a certain state
a state of inaction
3.
v
be inherent or innate in;
4.
n
a musical notation indicating a silence of a specified duration
5.
n
something left after other parts have been taken away
Full Definitions of rest
1

v take a short break from one's activities in order to relax

Synonyms:
breathe, catch one's breath, take a breather
Type of:
break, intermit, pause
cease an action temporarily

v be at rest

Antonyms:
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
drowse
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
nod
be almost asleep
Type of:
recline, recumb, repose
lean in a comfortable resting position

v rest on or as if on a pillow

Synonyms:
pillow
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v give a rest to

“He rested his bad leg”
Rest the dogs for a moment”
Types:
blow
allow to regain its breath

v be inactive, refrain from acting

“The committee is resting over the summer”
Types:
hibernate
be in an inactive or dormant state

n a pause for relaxation

“people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests
Synonyms:
relief, respite, rest period
Types:
breath, breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time
a short respite
Type of:
break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension
a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

n 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)
laziness
relaxed and easy activity
lie-in
a long stay in bed in the morning
dormancy, quiescence, quiescency, sleeping
quiet and inactive restfulness
leisure
freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity
vegetation
inactivity that is passive and monotonous, comparable to the inactivity of plant life
vacationing
the act of taking a vacation
Type of:
inactivity
being inactive; being less active

n 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
Type of:
death
the absence of life or state of being dead
2

v stay the same; remain in a certain state

rest assured”
Synonyms:
remain, stay
Antonyms:
change
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
stand
remain inactive or immobile
keep, stay fresh
fail to spoil or rot
be
to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v not move; be in a resting position

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kneel
rest one's weight on one's knees
stand, stand up
be standing; be upright
ramp
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
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v put something in a resting position, as for support or steadying

Rest your head on my shoulder”
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v have a place in relation to something else

“The responsibility rests with the Allies”
Synonyms:
lie
lie
be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
Type of:
be
occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

v sit, as on a branch

Synonyms:
perch, roost
Type of:
sit, sit down
be seated

n a state of inaction

“a body will continue in a state of rest until acted upon”
Type of:
inaction, inactiveness, inactivity
the state of being inactive

n a support on which things can be put

“the gun was steadied on a special rest
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armrest
a support for the arm
chin rest
a rest on which a violinist can place the chin
headrest
a rest for the head
arm
the part of an armchair or sofa that supports the elbow and forearm of a seated person
Type of:
support
any device that bears the weight of another thing
3

v be inherent or innate in;

Synonyms:
repose, reside
Type of:
attach to, inhere in
be part of
4

n a musical notation indicating a silence of a specified duration

Types:
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
5

n something left after other parts have been taken away

“he threw away the rest
Synonyms:
balance, remainder, residual, residue, residuum
Types:
leftover, remnant
a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists
Type of:
component, component part, constituent, part, portion
something determined in relation to something that includes it

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