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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.
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
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.
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.
let the matter rest
let it rest
to stop discussing or dealing with something
The man apologized, but Aunt Matilda refused to let the matter rest.
rest assured (that)
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.
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.
intransitive always + adverb/preposition
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
rest on your laurels
to be satisfied with what you have done, so that you do not make any further effort
I rest my case
used by a lawyer when they have finished trying to prove something in a court of law
used when something happens or is said which proves that you were right - used humorously
to relax and stop worrying
I can rest easy, knowing everything's under control.
rest on/upon something
to depend on something
Success in management ultimately rests on good judgment.
to be based on a particular idea or set of facts
The case against my client rests entirely on circumstantial evidence.
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
if a decision rests with someone, they are responsible for it
The final decision rests with the President.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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