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Definition 1: freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where rest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • took his repose by the swimming pool

Synonyms for rest in the sense of this definition

(rest is a kind of ...) being inactive; being less active

(... is a kind of rest ) confinement to bed continuously (as in the case of some sick or injured persons)

(... is a kind of rest ) relaxed and easy activity

"the laziness of the day helped her to relax"

(... is a kind of rest ) a long stay in bed in the morning

(... is a kind of rest ) quiet and inactive restfulness

(... is a kind of rest ) freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity

"he lacked the leisure for golf"

Definition 2: a support on which things can be put - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where rest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the gun was steadied on a special rest

(rest is a kind of ...) any device that bears the weight of another thing

"there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"

(... is a kind of rest ) a support for the arm

(... is a kind of rest ) a rest on which a violinist can place the chin

(... is a kind of rest ) a rest for the head

Definition 3: a musical notation indicating a silence of a specified duration - [noun denoting communication]

(rest is a kind of ...) (music) notation used by musicians

(... is a kind of rest ) a musical rest equal in duration to four beats in common time

(... is a kind of rest ) a musical rest having the time value of half a whole rest or equal in duration to two beats in common time

(... is a kind of rest ) a musical rest having one-fourth the time value of a whole rest

Definition 4: something left after other parts have been taken away - [noun denoting linkdef]

Samples where rest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there was no remainder
  • he threw away the rest
  • he took what he wanted and I got the balance

Synonyms for rest in the sense of this definition

(rest is a kind of ...) something determined in relation to something that includes it

"he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself" "I read a portion of the manuscript" "the smaller component is hard to reach" "the animal constituent of plankton"

(... is a kind of rest ) a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists

Definition 5: a state of inaction - [noun denoting state]

Samples where rest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a body will continue in a state of rest until acted upon

(rest is a kind of ...) the state of being inactive

Definition 6: euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb) - [noun denoting state]

Samples where rest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she was laid to rest beside her husband
  • they had to put their family pet to sleep

Synonyms for rest in the sense of this definition

(rest is a kind of ...) the absence of life or state of being dead

"he seemed more content in death than he had ever been in life"

Definition 7: a pause for relaxation - [noun denoting time]

Samples where rest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests

Synonyms for rest in the sense of this definition

(rest is a kind of ...) a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

(... is a kind of rest ) a short respite

Definition 8: be at rest - [verb of body]

(rest is a kind of ...) lean in a comfortable resting position

"He was reposing on the couch"

(... is a kind of rest ) be asleep

(... is a kind of rest ) be on the verge of sleeping

"The students were drowsing in the 8 AM class"

Definition 9: stay the same; remain in a certain state - [verb of change]

Samples where rest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it
  • rest assured
  • stay alone
  • He remained unmoved by her tears
  • The bad weather continued for another week

Synonyms for rest in the sense of this definition

(rest is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(... is a kind of rest ) remain outside

(... is a kind of rest ) maintain the same position; wait it out

"Let's not make a decision--let's sit tight"

(... is a kind of rest ) be loyal to one another, especially in times of trouble

"The two families stuck together throughout the war"

(... is a kind of rest ) remain inactive or immobile

"standing water"

(... is a kind of rest ) fail to spoil or rot

"These potatoes keep for a long time"

(... is a kind of rest ) to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form

"let her be"

Definition 10: take a short break from one's activities in order to relax - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for rest in the sense of this definition

(rest is a kind of ...) cease an action temporarily

"We pause for station identification" "let's break for lunch"

Definition 11: give a rest to - [verb of communication]

Samples where rest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He rested his bad leg
  • Rest the dogs for a moment

(... is a kind of rest ) allow to regain its breath

"blow a horse"

Definition 12: not move; be in a resting position - [verb of contact]

(rest is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(... is a kind of rest ) rest one's weight on one's knees

"In church you have to kneel during parts of the service"

(... is a kind of rest ) be standing; be upright

"We had to stand for the entire performance!"

Definition 13: sit, as on a branch - [verb of contact]

Samples where rest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The birds perched high in the tree

Synonyms for rest in the sense of this definition

(rest is a kind of ...) be seated

Definition 14: rest on or as if on a pillow - [verb of contact]

Samples where rest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pillow your head

Synonyms for rest in the sense of this definition

(rest is a kind of ...) put into a certain place or abstract location

"Put your things here" "Set the tray down" "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children" "Place emphasis on a certain point"

Definition 15: put something in a resting position, as for support or steadying - [verb of contact]

Samples where rest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Rest your head on my shoulder

(rest is a kind of ...) put into a certain place or abstract location

"Put your things here" "Set the tray down" "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children" "Place emphasis on a certain point"

Samples where rest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The committee is resting over the summer

(... is a kind of rest ) be in an inactive or dormant state

Definition 17: have a place in relation to something else - [verb of stative]

Samples where rest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West
  • The responsibility rests with the Allies

Synonyms for rest in the sense of this definition

(rest is a kind of ...) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

"Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back" "What is behind this behavior?"

(rest has a similar meaning as ...) be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

Definition 18: be inherent or innate in - [verb of stative]

Synonyms for rest in the sense of this definition

(rest is a kind of ...) be part of

"This problem inheres in the design"

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