Definition of


  1. (noun, act) freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)
  2. (noun, feeling) the absence of mental stress or anxiety
  3. (noun, attribute) a disposition free from stress or emotion
  4. (verb, consumption) put or confide something in a person or thing
  5. (verb, stative) be inherent or innate in
  6. (verb, contact) lie when dead
  7. (verb, contact) lean in a comfortable resting position
  8. (verb, contact) put in a horizontal position
    lay the patient carefully onto the bed
  9. (verb, contact) to put something (eg trust) in something

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Origin of the word Repose

  1. "lie at rest," 1470, from M.Fr. reposer, from O.Fr. repauser (10c.), from L.L. repausare "cause to rest," from L. re-, intensive prefix, + L.L. pausare "to stop" (see pause). The noun is attested from 1509. more
  2. "put, place," c.1420, from L. repos-, stem of reponere "put back, put away," from re- "back, away" + ponere "to put, place" (see position). Or perhaps formed in M.E. from O.Fr. poser, on model of disposen "dispose." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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