What does repose mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rest, ease, repose, relaxationnoun

    freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)

    "took his repose by the swimming pool"

  2. peace, peacefulness, peace of mind, repose, serenity, heartsease, ataraxisnoun

    the absence of mental stress or anxiety

  3. repose, quiet, placidity, serenity, tranquillity, tranquilityverb

    a disposition free from stress or emotion

  4. reposeverb

    put or confide something in a person or thing

    "These philosophers reposed the law in the people"

  5. rest, reside, reposeverb

    be inherent or innate in;

  6. reposeverb

    lie when dead

    "Mao reposes in his mausoleum"

  7. recumb, repose, reclineverb

    lean in a comfortable resting position

    "He was reposing on the couch"

  8. lay, put down, reposeverb

    put in a horizontal position

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

  9. reposeverb

    to put something (eg trust) in something

    "The nation reposed its confidence in the King"


  1. reposenoun

    rest, sleep

  2. reposenoun

    quietness, ease; peace, calmness

  3. reposenoun

    period between eruptions of a volcano.

  4. reposeverb

    To lay, to set down.

  5. reposeverb

    To confide or entrust to someone.

  6. reposeverb

    To reside in something.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reposenoun

    Etymology: repos, Fr.

    Merciful pow’rs!
    Restrain in me the cursed thoughts, that nature
    Gives way to in repose. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Th’ hour
    Of night, and of all things now retir’d to rest,
    Mind us of like repose. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iv.

    Thoughtful of thy gain, I all the livelong day
    Consume in meditation deep, recluse
    From human converse; nor at shut of eve
    Enjoy repose. Philips.

    After great lights must be great shadows, which we call reposes; because in reality the sight would be tired, if attracted by a continuity of glittering objects. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

  2. To REPOSEverb

    Etymology: repono, Lat.

    Rome’s readiest champions, repose you here,
    Secure from worldly chances and mishaps;
    Here lurks no treason, here no envy swells. William Shakespeare.

    I will repose myself with her; to live with her hath no sorrow, but mirth. Wisdom viii. 16.

    Have ye chos’n this place,
    After the toil of battle, to repose
    Your wearied virtue. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i.

    I repose upon your management, what is dearest to me, my fame. John Dryden, Ann. Mirab. Preface to.

    That prince was conscious of his own integrity in the service of God, and relied on this as a sure foundation for that trust he reposed in him, to deliver him out of all his distresses. John Rogers, Sermons.

    Pebbles, reposed in those cliffs amongst the earth, being not so dissoluble and likewise more bulky, are left behind. John Woodward, Natural History.

  3. To Reposeverb

    Etymology: reposer, Fr.

    Within a thicket I repos’d; when round
    I ruffl’d up fal’n leaves in heap; and found,
    Let fall from heaven, a sleep interminate. George Chapman.

    And, for the ways are dangerous to pass,
    I do desire thy worthy company,
    Upon whose faith and honour I repose. William Shakespeare.


  1. Repose

    Repose is a word meaning "rest" or "calmness".


  1. repose

    Repose refers to a state of rest, tranquility, peace, or calmness. It can also refer to the act of lying at rest or the act of placing something, such as trust, in someone or something. Furthermore, in arts, repose may refer to the positioning of a figure in a particular way that connotes relaxation or a lack of movement.

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. Reposeverb

    to lie at rest; to rest

  5. Reposeverb

    figuratively, to remain or abide restfully without anxiety or alarms

  6. Reposeverb

    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. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of repose in a Sentence

  1. Indira Gandhi:

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

  2. Julie-Jeanne-Eleonore de Lespinasse:

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

  3. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procrustes turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture.

  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. Cyril Connolly:

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

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  • Sandi Lardas
    Sandi Lardas
    In my quiet time this morning the Lord spoke to me. Yes, He does speak .He said, PEACE, REST, and REPOSE! I had to look up the definition of repose.I found it so comforting to know that while I am resting, and at peace He is working on my behalf...thus the word Repose sums it up. It's not for me only. He has a special plan for each of His kids. Have a really great day everyone...TRUST YOUR God has your best interest at heart for each of us. I've learned and am still learning we can rest in that secret place even in the storms of life. Love you, Sandi 
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