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"rest" in British English

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restverb

uk   /rest/ us   /rest/
  • rest verb (STOP)

B1 [I or T] to (cause someone or something to) stop doing a particular activity or stop being active for a period of time in order to relax and get back your strength: The doctor told him that he should rest for a few days. He looked away from the computer screen to rest his eyes. She promised that she would not rest (= would not stop looking) until the murderer of her son was caught and imprisoned.
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be resting informal
to be an actor who does not have any work: Over 90 percent of professional actors are resting at any given time.
I rest my case also my case rests specialized
said by lawyers in a law court when they have finished the explanation of their case

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  • rest verb (SUPPORT)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to lie or lean on something, or to put something on something else so that its weight is supported: She rested her head on my shoulder. The bicycle was resting against the wall.

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restnoun

uk   /rest/ us   /rest/
  • rest noun (OTHER PART)

the rest [S, + sing/pl verb]

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A2 the other things, people, or parts that remain or that have not been mentioned: I've got two bright students, but the rest are average. I'll keep a third of the money and the rest is for you. Do you have anything planned for the rest of the day?
  • rest noun (STOP)

A2 [C or U] a period of time in which you relax, do not do anything active, or sleep: After they had carried the piano up the stairs, they stopped for a rest. The doctor prescribed some pills and told her to get/have a week's rest.
[C] specialized music a period of silence between musical notes, or a symbol that represents this: a minim rest
at rest
not doing anything active, or not moving: Her heartbeat is only 55 at rest.
used as a polite way to say that someone is dead: Your father was a very troubled man, but he's at rest now.
come to rest
to stop, usually in a particular place: The car hit the kerb, rolled over and came to rest in a ditch.

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(Definition of rest from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rest" in American English

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restverb

us   /rest/
  • 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.

restnoun

us   /rest/
  • 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.
(Definition of rest from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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