rest1 [ rest ] noun ***
1. ) singular the people or things that remain:
Jim had become separated from the rest and gotten completely lost.
rest of: The rest of the gang's leaders were either dead or in jail.
2. ) count or uncount a period of time you spend relaxing or sleeping after doing something tiring:
Can we stop for a minute? I need a rest.
He was ordered to have complete rest after his heart attack.
rest from: She took a well-earned rest from her studies.
take/have a rest: He took a short rest in the afternoon.
get some rest: You should go and get some rest before tonight's performance.
3. ) count an object used for supporting something:
Well? she demanded, as he replaced the receiver on its rest.
4. ) count TECHNICAL a pause of a particular length in a piece of music
a ) a symbol written on a piece of music showing how long this pause is
and (all) the rest (of it) INFORMAL
used at the end of a list for referring to other similar people or things that you have not mentioned:
There's so much competition from satellite TV, local radio, and the rest.
and the rest HUMOROUS
used for saying that a number or amount is in fact much higher than someone has said:
He must be nearly 50. And the rest!
and the rest is history
used for saying that everyone knows what happened next:
So she started to write stories, and the rest, as they say, is history.
at rest
1. ) not moving:
The markings are white and not visible when the bird is at rest.
2. ) an expression meaning dead, used when you think it will upset someone if you say this word
come to rest
1. ) to finally stop moving:
The vehicle skidded across the road before coming to rest against a wall.
2. ) if your eyes come to rest on someone or something, they look at that one person or thing and stop looking around at different people or things:
come to rest on: Her eyes came to rest on the handsome man sitting opposite.
for the rest BRITISH FORMAL
used for introducing a summary of the other aspects of a subject after you have dealt in detail with the most important part
give something a rest INFORMAL
1. ) to stop doing something for a period of time:
He's going to give football a rest for a while.
2. ) give it a rest INFORMAL used for telling someone to stop saying or doing something that is annoying you
lay someone to rest FORMAL
an expression meaning to bury someone, used when you think it will upset someone if you say this word:
Hundreds of soldiers were laid to rest here.
lay/put something to rest
to finally show that something is not true:
Their smiling faces laid to rest the stories of an impending divorce.
set/put someone's mind at rest
to stop someone from worrying:
Look, tell me what happened, just to put my mind at rest.
(there's) no rest for the wicked HUMOROUS
used for saying that you have a lot of work to do, which is a punishment for bad things that you have done
rest 2 [ rest ] verb ***
▸ 1 relax/sleep
▸ 2 place something for support
▸ 3 look for period of time
▸ 4 stop being dealt with
▸ 5 be buried
1. ) intransitive to spend a period of time relaxing or sleeping after doing something tiring:
It would be nice to sit down and rest for a while.
She rested in her chair with her head back.
a ) transitive to not use a part of your body that is tired or injured so that it can get better:
rest your eyes: He read to her for an hour while she rested her eyes.
2. ) transitive rest something on/against/in something to put something somewhere for support, especially a part of your body:
She rested her head against a cushion.
He picked up his briefcase, resting it on the desk.
a ) intransitive rest on/against/in to be supported on, against, or in something:
John was now asleep, with his head resting on my shoulder.
3. ) intransitive rest on if your eyes rest on someone or something, you look at that person or thing for a period of time:
She let her gaze rest on his face for a moment.
4. ) intransitive to stop being discussed, examined, or dealt with:
let the matter rest: He urged the council not to let the matter rest.
5. ) intransitive rest in/beside etc. a word meaning to be buried somewhere, used when you think it will upset someone if you say this word:
He rests in Oakhampton churchyard.
I/we etc. will not rest until...
used for emphasizing that you will not stop until you have achieved your goal:
We will not rest until we bring the criminals to justice.
may someone rest in peace
used for saying that you hope that someone dead is not suffering anymore
rest your case LEGAL
1. ) used in a court of law by a lawyer for saying that they have finished explaining their case and are ready for the judge or JURY to decide it:
The defense rests its case.
2. ) I rest my case HUMOROUS used for saying that what has just happened proves that you were right about something
`rest on or `rest up,on phrasal verb transitive
rest on something to be based on something:
The theory rests on the assumption that there are enough jobs for everyone.
`rest with phrasal verb transitive
rest with someone if a decision or responsibility rests with someone, they have the duty or authority to take that decision or responsibility:
The matter now rests with the medical committee.
Responsibility for child welfare rests with the government.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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