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rest

2 verb
     
rest
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1

relax

[intransitive] to stop working or doing an activity for a time and sit down or lie down to relax:
If you're tired, we'll stop and rest for a while.
2

support something

[intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition] to support an object or part of your body by putting it on or against something, or to be supported in this way [↪ lean]
rest (something) against/on something
Rest your head on my shoulder.
Brassard rested his elbows on the table and leaned forward.
Their bikes were resting against the wall.
3

rest your feet/legs/eyes etc

to stop using a part of your body because it is feeling sore or tired:
I need to sit down and rest my legs.
4

let the matter rest

also let it rest to stop discussing or dealing with something:
The man apologized, but Aunt Matilda refused to let the matter rest.
5

rest assured (that)

formal used to tell someone not to worry, because what you say about a situation is true:
You may rest assured that it will be ready on time.
6

somebody will not rest until...

if you will not rest until something happens, you will not be satisfied until it happens:
We will not rest until the murderer is found.
7

dead person

MX [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] literary if a dead person rests somewhere, they are buried there:
My mother rests beside my father in the family graveyard.
somebody's last/final resting place (=the place where someone is buried)
rest in peace (=often written on a grave)
8

rest on your laurels

to be satisfied with what you have done, so that you do not make any further effort
9

I rest my case

spoken
a) formalSCL used by a lawyer when they have finished trying to prove something in a court of law
b) used when something happens or is said which proves that you were right - used humorously
10

rest easy

to relax and stop worrying:
I can rest easy, knowing everything's under control.

rest on/upon something

phrasal verb
1 formal to depend on something:
Success in management ultimately rests on good judgment.
2 formal to be based on a particular idea or set of facts:
The case against my client rests entirely on circumstantial evidence.
3 if your eyes rest on something, you notice it and look at it:
His eyes rested on a small figure in the distance.

rest with somebody

phrasal verb
if a decision rests with someone, they are responsible for it:
The final decision rests with the President.

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