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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 ​yourstrength, 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 ​coachdecided to rest some of the team’s ​starterstomorrownight. [T] I just need to ​sit down and rest my ​legs.
  • rest verb (STAY)

[I] to be or ​stay under the ​control of a ​particularperson or ​organization: The ​finaldecision 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 ​itsweight 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 ​catseemed coiled to ​spring, ​even when it was at rest.
(Definition of rest from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"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 ​particularactivity or ​stop being ​active for a ​period of ​time in ​order to ​relax and get back ​yourstrength: The ​doctor told him that he should rest for a few ​days. He ​looked away from the ​computerscreen to rest his ​eyes. She ​promised that she would not rest (= would not ​stoplooking) until the ​murderer of her ​son was ​caught and ​imprisoned.
See also
be resting informal
to be an ​actor who does not have any ​work: Over 90 ​percent of ​professionalactors are resting at any given ​time.
I rest my case (also my case rests) specialized
said by ​lawyers in a ​lawcourt when they have ​finished the ​explanation of ​theircase

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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 ​itsweight 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 ​brightstudents, 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 ​doctorprescribed some ​pills and told her to get/have a week's rest.
[C] specialized music a ​period of ​silence between ​musicalnotes, 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 ​particularplace: The ​carhit the ​kerb, ​rolled over and came to rest in a ​ditch.

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