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rest

verb uk   /rest/ us  

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

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.

rest verb (REMAIN)

[I] formal to remain in a particular state or place: We must talk to the council about the problem - the matter cannot be allowed to rest here (= further action must be taken).

rest

noun uk   /rest/ us  

rest noun (OTHER PART)

the rest [S, + sing/pl verb] 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 describes someone or something that is 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.

rest noun (SUPPORT)

[C] an object that supports the weight of something: I used a pile of books as a rest for my telescope.
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(Definition of rest from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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