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rest

verb  /rest/ us  

rest verb (RELAX)

[I/T] to stop being active for a period of time in order to relax and get back your strength, or to cause someone or something to stop doing an activity in order to get back strength: [I] We hiked for five miles and then rested for a while. [T] The coach decided to rest some of the team’s starters tomorrow night. [T] I just need to sit down and rest my legs.

rest verb (STAY)

[I] to be or stay under the control of a particular person or organization: The final decision rests with the City Council.

rest verb (SUPPORT)

[I/T] to lie or lean on something, or to put something on something else so that its weight is supported: [T] She rested her elbows on the table.

rest

noun  /rest/ us  

rest noun (MUSIC)

music /rest/ [C] a mark in written music that shows when and for how long an instrument should not play

rest noun (OTHER PART)

[U] the other things, people, or parts that are left: I want to do something else with the rest of my life.

rest noun (RELAX)

at rest At rest means not doing anything active or not moving: The cat seemed coiled to spring, even when it was at rest.
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