- 1 [singular] the rest (of something) the remaining part of something I'm not doing this job for the rest of my life. How would you like to spend the rest of the day? Take what you want and throw the rest away.
- 2 [plural] the rest (of something) the remaining people or things; the others Don't blame Alex. He's human, like the rest of us. The first question was difficult, but the rest were pretty easy. period of relaxing
- 3 [countable, uncountable] a period of relaxing, sleeping or doing nothing after a period of activity I had a good night's rest. We stopped for a well-earned rest. rest (from something) to have/take a rest from all your hard work Try to get some rest—you have a busy day tomorrow. There are no matches tomorrow, which is a rest day, but the tournament resumes on Monday. Synonymsrestbreak respite time out breathing spaceThese are all words for a short period of time spent relaxing.rest a period of relaxing, sleeping or doing nothing after a period of activity:We stopped for a well-earned rest.break a short period of time when you stop what you are doing and rest or eat:Let’s take a break. In British English break is a period of time between lessons at school. The North American English word is recess.respite a short break from something difficult or unpleasant:The drug brought a brief respite from the pain.time out (informal, especially North American English) time for resting or relaxing away from your usual work or studies:Take time out to relax by the pool.breathing space a short rest in the middle of a period of mental or physical effort:This delay gives the party a breathing space in which to sort out its policies.Patterns (a) rest/break/respite/time out from something to have/take (a) rest/break/time out to give somebody (a) rest/break/respite/breathing space See related entries: Recovering from illness support
- 4[countable] (often in compounds) an object that is used to support or hold something an armrest (= for example on a seat or chair) in music
- 5 [countable, uncountable] a period of silence between notes; a sign that shows a rest between notes See related entries: Reading music Word Originnoun senses 3 to 5 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). noun senses 1 to 2 late Middle English: from Old French reste (noun), rester (verb), from Latin restare
- 1(specialist) not moving At rest the insect looks like a dead leaf.
- 2dead and therefore free from trouble or anxiety. People say ‘at rest’ to avoid saying ‘dead’. She now lies at rest in the churchyard. See related entries: Death