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repose

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verb, re·pose \ri-ˈpōz\

Definition of repose

reposedreposing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to lay at rest

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 a :  to lie at rest b :  to lie dead <reposing in state> c :  to remain still or concealed

  5. 2 :  to take a rest

  6. 3 archaic :  rely

  7. 4 :  to rest for support :  lie



Origin of repose

Middle English, from Anglo-French reposer, from Late Latin repausare, from Latin re- + Late Latin pausare to stop, from Latin pausa pause


First Known Use: 15th century


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repose

noun re·pose

Simple Definition of repose

  • : a state of resting or not being active

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of repose

  1. 1 a :  a state of resting after exertion or strain; especially :  rest in sleep b :  eternal or heavenly rest <pray for the repose of a soul>

  2. 2 a :  a place of rest b :  peace, tranquillity <the repose of the bayous> c :  a harmony in the arrangement of parts and colors that is restful to the eye

  3. 3 a :  lack of activity :  quiescence b :  cessation or absence of activity, movement, or animation <the face in repose is grave and thoughtful>

  4. 4 :  composure of manner :  poise

Examples of repose in a sentence

  1. <typically the wealthy socialite spends most of the morning in repose, is served lunch, and then embarks on an exhaustive afternoon of shopping>

  2. <enjoyed the repose of a serene summer evening>



1509

First Known Use of repose

1509


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repose

verb, re·pose

Definition of repose

reposedreposing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to put away or set down :  deposit

  3. 2 a :  to place (as confidence or trust) in someone or something b :  to place for control, management, or use



Origin of repose

Middle English, to replace, from Latin reponere (perfect indicative reposui)


First Known Use: 15th century



REPOSE Defined for Kids

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repose

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verb re·pose \ri-ˈpōz\

Definition of repose for Students

reposedreposing

  1. :  to lay or lie at rest <I reposed my head on his shoulder.> <The dog is reposing on the couch.>




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repose

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noun re·pose

Definition of repose for Students

  1. 1 :  a state of resting

  2. 2 :  freedom from disturbance or excitement :  calm <… there was a delicious sense of repose and peace in the deep pervading calm and silence of the woods. — Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer>





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