• To cease from action, motion, work, or performance of any kind; stop; desist; be without motion.
  • To come to a pause or an end; end.
  • To be free from that which harasses or disturbs; be quiet or still; be undisturbed.
  • To be or to put into a state of rest.
  • To stay, remain, be situated.
  • To lean, lie, or lay.
  • To complete one's active advocacy in a trial or other proceeding, and thus to wait for the outcome (however, one is still generally available to answer questions, etc.)
  • To sleep; slumber.
  • To lie dormant.
  • To sleep the final sleep; sleep in death; die; be dead.
  • To rely or depend on.
  • To be satisfied; to acquiesce.
  • To continue to be, remain, be left in a certain way.
  • To keep a certain way.
  • To arrest.


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  • From Middle English rest, reste, from Old English rest, ræst, from Proto-Germanic *rastō, *rastijō, from Proto-Indo-European *ros-, *res-, *erH-. Cognate with West Frisian rêst, Dutch rust, German Rast, Swedish rast, Norwegian rest, Icelandic röst, Old Irish árus, German Ruhe, Albanian resht, Welsh araf, Lithuanian rovà, Ancient Greek ἐρωή, Avestan 𐬀𐬌𐬭𐬌𐬨𐬈, Sanskrit रमते, Gothic 𐍂𐌹𐌼𐌹𐍃. Related to roo.
  • From Middle English resten, from Old English restan, from Proto-West Germanic *rastijan, from Proto-Indo-European *ros-, *res-, *erH-. Cognate with Dutch rusten, Middle Low German resten, German rasten, Danish raste, Swedish rasta.
  • From Middle English reste, from Old French reste, from Old French rester, from Latin restō, from re- + stō. Replaced native Middle English lave (from Old English lāf).
  • Aphetic form of arrest.

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