What does repose mean?

Definitions for reposerɪˈpoʊz

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word repose.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rest, ease, repose, relaxation(noun)

    freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)

    "took his repose by the swimming pool"

  2. peace, peacefulness, peace of mind, repose, serenity, heartsease, ataraxis(noun)

    the absence of mental stress or anxiety

  3. repose, quiet, placidity, serenity, tranquillity, tranquility(verb)

    a disposition free from stress or emotion

  4. repose(verb)

    put or confide something in a person or thing

    "These philosophers reposed the law in the people"

  5. rest, reside, repose(verb)

    be inherent or innate in;

  6. repose(verb)

    lie when dead

    "Mao reposes in his mausoleum"

  7. recumb, repose, recline(verb)

    lean in a comfortable resting position

    "He was reposing on the couch"

  8. lay, put down, repose(verb)

    put in a horizontal position

    "lay the books on the table"; "lay the patient carefully onto the bed"

  9. repose(verb)

    to put something (eg trust) in something

    "The nation reposed its confidence in the King"


  1. repose(Noun)

    rest, sleep

  2. repose(Noun)

    quietness, ease; peace, calmness

  3. repose(Noun)

    period between eruptions of a volcano.

  4. repose(Verb)

    To lay, to set down.

  5. repose(Verb)

    To confide or entrust to someone.

  6. repose(Verb)

    To reside in something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repose

    to cause to stop or to rest after motion; hence, to deposit; to lay down; to lodge; to reposit

  2. Repose

    to lay at rest; to cause to be calm or quiet; to compose; to rest, -- often reflexive; as, to repose one's self on a couch

  3. Repose

    to place, have, or rest; to set; to intrust

  4. Repose(verb)

    to lie at rest; to rest

  5. Repose(verb)

    figuratively, to remain or abide restfully without anxiety or alarms

  6. Repose(verb)

    to lie; to be supported; as, trap reposing on sand

  7. Repose

    a lying at rest; sleep; rest; quiet

  8. Repose

    rest of mind; tranquillity; freedom from uneasiness; also, a composed manner or deportment

  9. Repose

    a rest; a pause

  10. Repose

    that harmony or moderation which affords rest for the eye; -- opposed to the scattering and division of a subject into too many unconnected parts, and also to anything which is overstrained; as, a painting may want repose

  11. Origin: [F. reposer; L. pref. re- re- + pausare to pause. See Pause, Pose, v.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Repose

    rē-pōz′, v.t. to lay at rest: to compose: to place in trust (with on or in): to deposit: to tranquillise.—v.i. to rest: to sleep: to rest in confidence (with on or upon): to lie.—n. a lying at rest: sleep: quiet: rest of mind: (fine art) that harmony which gives rest to the eye.—n. Repō′sal (Shak.), the act of reposing: that on which one reposes.—adj. Repōsed′, calm: settled.—adv. Repō′sedly.—n. Repō′sedness.—adj. Repōse′ful.—n. Repō′ser.—v.t. Repos′it, to lodge, as for safety—also n.ns. Repōsi′tion, reduction; Repos′itor, an instrument for restoring a displaced organ; Repos′itory, a place where anything is laid up for safe keeping: a place where things are kept for sale: a shop. [Fr. reposerre-, back, poser, to pose.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of repose in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of repose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Cyril Connolly:

    Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.

  2. Julie-Jeanne-Eleonore de Lespinasse:

    If you can attain repose and calm, believe that you have seized happiness.

  3. Indira Gandhi:

    You must be still in the midst of activity, and be vibrantly alive in repose.

  4. Saint Augustine, The Confessions. Book 1. (The Harvard Classics. 1909–14, p.1):

    ...Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it repose in Thee.

  5. Indira Gandhi:

    We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.

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