• (GA) IPA: /ɹɪˈpoʊz/
  • (RP) IPA: /ɹɪˈpəʊz/


  1. (dated) Rest; sleep.
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
      Dark and deserted as it was, the night was full of small noises, song and chatter and rustling, telling of the busy little population who were up and about, plying their trades and vocations through the night till sunshine should fall on them at last and send them off to their well-earned repose.
    • 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 6, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473 ↗:
      You would not rob us of our repose, would you, comrades? You would not have us too tired to carry out our duties?
  2. quietness; ease; peace; calmness.
    • c. 1805, Henry Francis Cary (translator), Dante, Divine Comedy, Inferno, Canto 10
      So may thy lineage find at last repose I thus adjured him
  3. (geology) The period between eruptions of a volcano.
  4. (art) A form of visual harmony that gives rest to the eye.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Verb

repose (reposes, present participle reposing; past and past participle reposed)

  1. (intransitive) To lie at rest; to rest.
    • Within a thicket I reposed.
  2. (intransitive) To lie; to be supported.
    trap reposing on sand
  3. (transitive) To lay, to set down.
    • But these thy fortunes let us straight repose / In this divine cave's bosom.
    • Pebbles reposed in those cliffs amongst the earth […] are left behind.
  4. (transitive) To place, have, or rest; to set; to entrust.
    • 1595 December 9 (first known performance)​, William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iv]:
      The king reposeth all his confidence in thee.
  5. (transitive) To compose; to make tranquil.
  6. (intransitive) To reside in something.
  7. (intransitive, figuratively) To remain or abide restfully without anxiety or alarms.
    • It is upon these that the soul may repose.
  8. (intransitive, Eastern Orthodox Church) To die, especially of a saint.
    Simon reposed in the year 1287.
  • Italian: riposarsi
  • Russian: покоиться

repose (reposes, present participle reposing; past and past participle reposed)

  1. (transitive) To pose again.

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