- Repose is defined as the state of rest or calmness.
An example of repose is feeling relief after hearing test results.
- Repose means to lie at rest or to rest in death.
An example of repose is for a body to lie at a wake.
A young woman in her fnal repose.
transitive verbreposed, reposing
Origin of reposeLate Middle English reposen ; from Old French reposer ; from Late Latin repausare ; from Classical Latin re-, again + Late Latin pausare: see pose
- to lie at rest
- to rest from work, travel, exercise, etc.
- to rest in death or a grave
- to lie quiet and calm
- to lie, rest, or be supported: shale reposing on a bed of limestone
- Archaic to have trust (in); rely (on or upon)
- a reposing, or resting
- peace of mind; freedom from worry or troubles
- calm or ease of manner; composure
- calm; tranquillity; peace
- harmony of form or color, giving an effect of tranquillity, as in painting
- The act of resting or the state of being at rest.
- Freedom from worry; peace of mind.
- Calmness; tranquility.
verbre·posed, re·pos·ing, re·pos·es
- To lay (oneself) down.
- To rest or relax (oneself).
- To lie at rest.
- To lie dead: repose in a grave.
- To lie while being supported by something.
Origin of reposeFrom Middle English reposen, to be at rest, from Old French reposer, from Late Latin repausāre, to cause to rest : Latin re-, re- + Latin pausāre, to rest (from pausa, rest; see pause).
transitive verbre·posed, re·pos·ing, re·pos·es
Origin of reposeMiddle English reposen, to replace, from Latin repōnere, repos-, to put away; see reposit.
(countable and uncountable, plural reposes)
(third-person singular simple present reposes, present participle reposing, simple past and past participle reposed)