rest1 W1S1 [rest] n
1 the rest
3 put/set somebody's mind at rest
4 come to rest
5 give it a rest
6 give something a rest
7 at rest
8 and all the rest of it
9 and the rest
10 lay/put something to rest
11 lay somebody to rest
[Sense: 1, 8-9; Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: reste, from rester 'to remain', from Latin restare]
[Sense: 2-7, 10-12; Origin: Old English'rest, bed']
1.) the rest
what is left after everything or everyone else has gone, been used, dealt with, or mentioned
→↑remainder, leftovers ↑leftovers
You carry these two bags, and I'll bring the rest.
Two of the attackers were killed, and the rest escaped.
the rest of
Does anyone want the rest of this pizza?
He'll be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life .
2.) ¦(RELAXING)¦ [U and C]
a period of time when you are not doing anything tiring and you can relax or sleep
I need to get some rest .
have/take a rest
You look exhausted! Why don't you take a rest?
We stopped for a well-earned rest (=one that we deserved because we had been working hard) .
a rest day/period
We have classes until 12.30, and then we have a rest period.
3.) put/set sb's mind at rest
to make someone feel less anxious or worried
Why don't you talk to him, and put his mind at rest.
4.) come to rest
a) to stop moving
The aircraft skidded across the runway and finally came to rest in a cornfield.
b) if your eyes come to rest on something, you stop looking around and look at that one thing
come to rest on
My eyes came to rest on a photograph of a young man.
5.) give it a rest
spoken especially BrE used to tell someone to stop talking about something because they are annoying you
Give it a rest, Jack!
6.) give sth a rest
spoken to stop doing an activity
I gave the acting a rest for a while.
7.) at rest
a) an expression meaning dead, and free from pain and problems
b) technical not moving
8.) and all the rest of it
BrE spoken used at the end of a short list to mean other things of a similar type
It was me who was paying the rent and the bills and all the rest of it.
9.) and the rest
BrE spoken used to emphasize in a humorous way that a number or amount is really much higher than someone thinks
'I'd say she's about 40.' 'Yeah, and the rest!'
10.) lay/put sth to rest
formal to stop people from worrying about or believing something
The minister resigned, and the government hoped that the scandal would finally be laid to rest.
11.) lay sb to rest
an expression meaning to bury someone, used when you want to avoid saying this directly
She was laid to rest beside her husband.
12.) ¦(MUSIC)¦
a) a period of silence of a particular length in a piece of music
b) a written sign that shows how long the period of silence should be
→↑headrest, footrest, backrest
and the rest is history athistory(10)
rest 2
rest2 W3S3 v
2¦(support something)¦
3 rest your feet/legs/eyes etc
4 let the matter rest
5 rest assured (that)
6 somebody will not rest until...
7¦(dead person)¦
8 rest on your laurels
9 I rest my case
10 rest easy
Phrasal verbs
 rest on/upon something
 rest with somebody
1.) ¦(RELAX)¦
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)¦ [I,T 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 (sth) against/on sth
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 [i]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.) sb 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)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
literary if a dead person rests somewhere, they are buried there
My mother rests beside my father in the family graveyard.
sb'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 casespoken
a) formal 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 [rest on/upon sth] phr v
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 [rest with sb] phr v
if a decision rests with someone, they are responsible for it
The final decision rests with the President.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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