- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to relax, sleep or do nothing after a period of activity or illness; to not use a part of your body for some time The doctor told me to rest. I can rest easy (= stop worrying) knowing that she's safely home. (figurative) He won't rest (= will never be satisfied) until he finds her. rest something Rest your eyes every half an hour. see also rested See related entries: Recovering from illness support
- 2 [transitive, intransitive] to support something by putting it on or against something; to be supported in this way rest something + adv./prep. Rest your head on my shoulder. He rested his chin in his hands. + adv./prep. His chin rested on his hands. Their bikes were resting against the wall. be left
- 3[intransitive] if you let a matter rest, you stop discussing it or dealing with it The matter cannot rest there—I intend to sue. And there the matter rested until an interested journalist uncovered the file. be buried
- 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to be buried. People say ‘rest’ to avoid saying ‘be buried’ She rests beside her husband in the local cemetery. May he rest in peace. see also RIP Word Originverb Old English ræst, rest (noun), ræstan, restan (verb), of Germanic origin, from a root meaning ‘league’ or ‘mile’ (referring to a distance after which one rests).Extra examples He could rest safely in this place. Her head was resting comfortably against his chest. Her thin hands were resting atop the quilted bed cover. His hand was resting lazily against the steering wheel. His hands rested lightly on her shoulders. I can rest easy knowing that she’s safely home. I settled back, my hands resting in my lap. I stopped to rest on one of the benches. It is rare for the responsibility for causing conflict to rest solely on one side. Our trade policy rests firmly on the foundation of free and open markets. She let his hand rest heavily on hers. She rested the ladder against the wall. Surely the blame rests squarely with Sir Ralph? The decision rests entirely upon how good a fighter you think she is. The decision ultimately rests with the council. The success or failure of the film rests largely on the talents of the cast. I awoke feeling rested and refreshed.Idioms to relax and stop worrying You can rest easy—I'm not going to tell anyone. (old-fashioned, informal) used to show respect when you are talking about somebody who is dead (formal) used to emphasize that what you say is true or will definitely happen You may rest assured that we will do all we can to find him.
- 1I rest my case (sometimes humorous) used to say that you do not need to say any more about something because you think that you have proved your point
- 2(law) used by lawyers in court to say that they have finished presenting their case The prosecution rests its case.
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BrE BrE//rest//; NAmE NAmE//rest//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rest
BrE BrE//rest//; NAmE NAmE//rest//he / she / it rests
BrE BrE//rests//; NAmE NAmE//rests//past simple rested
BrE BrE//ˈrestɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrestɪd//past participle rested
BrE BrE//ˈrestɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrestɪd//-ing form resting
BrE BrE//ˈrestɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrestɪŋ//Recovering from illness