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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun repose:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb repose:


Repose (relaxation; leisure) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary in a Box, which includes 500 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the noun repose

What does repose mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: reposes

  1. freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)
  2. the absence of mental stress or anxiety
  3. a disposition free from stress or emotion

Alternative definition of the noun repose


  1. [dated] rest, sleep
  2. quietness, ease; peace, calmness
  3. [context: geology] period between eruptions of a volcano.

Definition of the verb repose

What does repose mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: reposed | reposing | reposes

  1. put or confide something in a person or thing
    • example: These philosophers reposed the law in the people
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • more generic words: assign / put = attribute or give
  2. be inherent or innate in
  3. lie when dead
    • example: Mao reposes in his mausoleum
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: lie = be lying, be prostrate
  4. lean in a comfortable resting position
    • examples: The children repose in the rocking chair | There repose some children in the rocking chair
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of repose: recline / recumb
    • more generic word: lie = be lying, be prostrate
    • more specific word: rest = be at rest
  5. put in a horizontal position
  6. to put something (eg trust) in something
    • example: The nation reposed its confidence in the King
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location

Alternative definition of the verb repose


  1. To lay, to set down.
  2. To confide or entrust to someone.
  3. To reside in something.

Definition of the verb repose for high school students

    to rest, lie down
    • example: The cat, after eating an entire can of tuna fish, reposed in the sun and took a long nap.

The verb repose is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


  1. "Repose" is a painting (oil paint) by Pablo Picasso, completed in (107 years ago).
    • media: oil paint
  2. "Repose" is an oil on canvas painting by American artist John Singer Sargent.
    • completed in (104 years ago)
    • media: oil paint
    • genre: Genre art
  3. "Repose" is an artwork by Sudip Roy.


  1. "Repose" is a musical album of Omit.
  2. "Repose" is a musical EP of Eleh.
    • released on (4 years ago)

Phrases with Repose

  1. repose on
  2. to repose

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Repose

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Google previewThe Prentice Mulford Premium Collection: “New Thought” Studies, Novels & Memoirs (2015)

Thoughts Are Things, The God In You, Your Forces and How to Use Them, Life By Land and Sea, Swamp Angel and more (Wisdom & Empowerment Series) by Prentice Mulford

Repose is the mental condition most needed by our race.

Repose means the steady nerve and hand, whether that of the draughtsman, the marksman, or the rigger working from the dizzy height of the ship's mast.

Repose is a healthy, quieting stimulus everflowing from the spirit near the Supreme Mind to the body.

Google previewEnglish Synonyms and Antonyms (1914)

With Notes on the Correct Use of Prepositions, Designed as a Companion for the Study and as a Text-book for the Use of Schools by James Champlin Fernald

Repose is a laying down, primarily of the body, and figuratively a similar freedom from toil or strain of mind.

Google previewThe Cabinet of the Arts; Being a New and Universal Drawing Book ... Containing the Whole Theory and Practice of the Fine Arts in General. With ... Engravings. Second Edition (1821)

by John DOUGALL (A.M.)

t Repose is a principal attribute of a good composition, and consequently merits the artist's most particular attention.

Google previewDerek Walcott, The Journeyman Years, Volume 1: Culture, Society, Literature, and Art (2013)

Occasional Prose 1957-1974 by Gordon Collier

Repose is the key to Connolly's style. The rock-pool image fits it perfectly. It is isolated but fed by the turbulence outside it, its surface calm, but below, agitated by minor organisms, germs, irritations. It is clear, and within it every writer can study ...

Google previewThe Ethos of the Cosmos (1999)

The Genesis of Moral Imagination in the Bible by William P. Brown

As divine repose is the expressed goal of the exodus (29:46), so Israel is to fulfill its destiny as a consecrated people by constructing the tabernacle and embodying the sanctified sabbath. The historical sweep of God's economy and the cosmic ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

Jli-'s a repose in music answers the fame purpose at punSuation in language. See Repos in Rsnsteau's MuGcalDict. between the two scales of the major mode. We appear. you please; but let it be towards the middle of the instrument; ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature (1826)

To REPOSE, c. a. [repono, Lat.] To lay to rest. Rome's readiest champions, repose you here, Secure from worldly chances and mishaps; Here lurks no treason, here no envy swells. Shakspeare. To place as in confidence or trust: with on or in.

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Quotes about Repose

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. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
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Scrabble value of R1E1P3O1S1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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