rest - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [singular] the part of something that remains

    I’m not really hungry – do you want the rest?

    rest of:

    We spent the rest of the day watching TV.

    Rain will spread to the rest of the country by evening.

    1. a.
      the people or things that remain

      Jim had become separated from the rest and got 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.