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noun     rest pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [singular] the people or things that remain

    Jim had become separated from the rest and gotten completely lost.

    rest of:

    The rest of the gang’s leaders were either dead or in jail.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a period of time that you spend relaxing or sleeping after doing something tiring

    Can we stop for a minute? I need a rest.

    He was ordered to have complete rest after his heart attack.

    rest from:

    She took a well-earned rest from her studies.

    take/have a rest:

    He took a short rest in the afternoon.

    get some rest:

    You should go and get some rest before tonight’s performance.

  3. 3
    [countable] an object used for supporting something

    “Well?” she demanded, as he replaced the receiver on its rest.

  4. 4
    [countable] music a pause of a particular length in a piece of music. For example a breve rest is the length of a breve.
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