repose

verb (1)
re·​pose | \ ri-ˈpōz How to pronounce repose (audio) \
reposed; reposing

Definition of repose

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

: to lay at rest

intransitive verb

1a : to lie at rest
b : to lie dead reposing in state
c : to remain still or concealed
2 : to take a rest
3 archaic : rely
4 : to rest for support : lie

repose

noun

Definition of repose (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a state of resting after exertion or strain especially : rest in sleep
b : eternal or heavenly rest pray for the repose of a soul
2a : a place of rest
b : peace, tranquility the repose of the bayous
c : a harmony in the arrangement of parts and colors that is restful to the eye
3a : lack of activity : quiescence
b : cessation or absence of activity, movement, or animation the face in repose is grave and thoughtful
4 : composure of manner : poise

repose

verb (2)
re·​pose
reposed; reposing

Definition of repose (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 archaic : to put away or set down : deposit
2a : to place (confidence, trust, etc.) in someone or something
b : to place for control, management, or use

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Synonyms & Antonyms for repose

Synonyms: Noun

bed, catnapping, dozing, napping, rest, resting, shut-eye, sleep, slumber, slumbering, snoozing, z's (or zs)

Antonyms: Noun

consciousness, wake, wakefulness

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Examples of repose in a Sentence

Noun

typically the wealthy socialite spends most of the morning in repose, is served lunch, and then embarks on an exhaustive afternoon of shopping enjoyed the repose of a serene summer evening

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Xiao long bao were another animal altogether, thin-skinned purses gently swollen with light broth, the amniotic potion in which a small, seasoned serving of meat reposed. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Soup dumplings hit Orlando — here’s where to stab and slurp them," 5 July 2019 Today the vast majority of Wallace’s birds repose at a branch of the Natural History Museum, London, located 30 miles northwest of the city, in Tring. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Great Feather Heist," 21 Mar. 2018 This sacred relic—an official game ball used by the late, lamented American Basketball Association—reposes behind glass at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The ABA Was Short-Lived, but Its Impact on Basketball Is Eternal," 21 Sep. 2017 And that is why 125 crore countrymen have been able to repose faith in our governance. Time Staff, Time, "Read the Full Transcript of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day Speech," 15 Aug. 2017 In a second photograph, the singer can be seen reposing nonchalantly in a bed, wearing the same jumpsuit and covered in part by white bedsheets. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Demi Lovato Jokes About Her Breasts in Body Confident Instagram Post," 23 June 2017 Today, when people repose by themselves in bed at night, a buzz of friends and strangers emanates from their screens. Nika Mavrody, The Atlantic, "The Dangers of Reading in Bed," 19 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On Tuesday morning, fans of the late singer poured into Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to set their eyes upon Franklin, whose body will lay in repose for two days, for the last time. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Aretha Franklin mourners flock to Detroit museum for public viewing," 28 Aug. 2018 State workers and volunteers have spent months clearing the extensive trails in the 1,400-acre park, named for its 2-mile ridge that resembles a man in repose. USA TODAY, "Retired monkeys, freeze-dried blood, ‘Hidden Figures Way’: News from around our 50 states," 14 June 2019 If the player so chooses, Edward can sit in quiet repose at different places in the village and sketch the landmarks around him. Washington Post, "‘Draugen’ is a picturesque game about delusional thinking," 6 June 2019 In the foreground of one of Ramrakha’s photographs from the Biafran War, bodies in repose are laid out with their faces to the ground, or skywards, or sideways, totaling almost two dozen. Emmanuel Iduma, The New York Review of Books, "‘Gone Like a Meteor’: Epitaph for the Lost Youth of the Biafran War," 30 May 2019 All of these molecules contort DNA into new shapes, blocking it from the repose of the simple double helix. Quanta Magazine, "How Strange Twists in DNA Orchestrate Life," 5 Jan. 2016 Here, chaotic city life is a distant memory and the deliberate and un-rushed pace is the catalyst for achieving a state of repose. 5. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The cover says it all: a shining black-and-white shot of a handsome man, his face simultaneously genial and serious, his body energetic even in repose. Richard Brookhiser, WSJ, "‘Reagan: An American Journey’ Review: The Arc of an All-American," 27 Sep. 2018 From full-blown goddess lengths to various points of repose, this week's most noteworthy beauty Instagrams were all about paying homage to summer's last lap. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams: Kendall Jenner and the Hadid Sisters Sweep New York Fashion Week (and More!)," 9 Sep. 2018

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Xiao long bao were another animal altogether, thin-skinned purses gently swollen with light broth, the amniotic potion in which a small, seasoned serving of meat reposed. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Soup dumplings hit Orlando — here’s where to stab and slurp them," 5 July 2019 Ticketmaster did not immediately reposed to a request for comment. Jacob Taylor /, NBC News, "Ticketmaster data theft part of larger credit card scheme, security firm says," 10 July 2018 Today the vast majority of Wallace’s birds repose at a branch of the Natural History Museum, London, located 30 miles northwest of the city, in Tring. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Great Feather Heist," 21 Mar. 2018 This sacred relic—an official game ball used by the late, lamented American Basketball Association—reposes behind glass at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The ABA Was Short-Lived, but Its Impact on Basketball Is Eternal," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of repose

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for repose

Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

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

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repose

noun

English Language Learners Definition of repose

formal + literary : a state of resting or not being active

repose

verb
re·​pose | \ ri-ˈpōz How to pronounce repose (audio) \
reposed; reposing

Kids Definition of repose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

repose

noun

Kids Definition of repose (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a state of resting
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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