rest Definition

  • 1cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength
  • 2an instance or period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity
  • 3the remaining part of something

Using rest: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "rest" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need to rest for a while after working all day.

  • Example

    He took a rest on the couch before continuing with his work.

  • Example

    The team is resting today in preparation for the big game tomorrow.

  • Example

    The doctor advised her to get plenty of rest after her surgery.

rest Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using rest

  • stop talking or doing something that is annoying or tedious


    Can you give it a rest already? I'm tired of hearing about your problems.

  • stop moving and settle into a stationary position


    The ball came to rest at the bottom of the hill.

  • put your feet up and rest

    take a break and relax


    After a long day at work, I like to put my feet up and rest for a while.

Phrases with rest

  • to put an end to something, especially a rumor or controversy


    The new evidence finally laid to rest the long-standing debate.

  • in a state of peace or tranquility, especially after death


    Her soul is finally at rest after a long and difficult life.

  • be confident and certain that something will happen or be true


    Rest assured that we will do everything we can to make your stay comfortable.

Origins of rest

from Old English 'ræst', meaning 'rest, bed, intermission of labor, mental peace'


Summary: rest in Brief

The term 'rest' [rest] refers to taking a break from work or activity to relax, recover, or refresh oneself. It can also denote the remaining part of something. Phrases like 'lay to rest' and 'at rest' describe putting an end to something or being in a state of peace. Idioms like 'give it a rest' and 'put your feet up and rest' suggest stopping something annoying or taking a break to relax.

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