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British English: /rɛst/
American English: /rɛst/

Translation of rest in French:


  • 1 (what remains) See examples: the rest (of food, books, day, story)
    of de
    you can keep/leave the rest
    tu peux garder/laisser le reste or ce qui reste
    I've forgotten the rest
    j'ai oublié le reste
    for the rest of my life for the rest…
    pour ce qui est du reste…
    and all the rest of it (informal)
  • 2 (other people) See examples: he is no different from the rest (of them)
    il n'est pas différent des autres
    why can't you behave like the rest of us?
    pourquoi ne peux-tu pas faire comme nous?
  • 3 (repose, inactivity) a day of rest
    un jour de repos
    to recommend six weeks' rest
    conseiller six semaines de repos
    to set ou put somebody's mind at rest
    rassurer quelqu'un
    to lay somebody/something to rest
    [literal] [figurative]
    enterrer quelqu'un/quelque chose
  • 4 (break)
    (nap, lie-down)
    to have ou take a rest
    se reposer
    to have a rest in the afternoon
    faire une sieste dans l'après-midi
    let's have a little rest
    et si on faisait une petite pause?
    it was a rest from the serious business of the day
    cela nous a reposés des dures tâches de la journée
    he really needs a rest
    il a vraiment besoin de se reposer
  • 7 (immobility) See examples: to be at rest
    être au repos
    to come to rest

transitive verb

  • 1 (lean)to rest something on
    appuyer quelque chose sur
    (rock, table)
  • 2 (allow to rest)
    (legs, feet)
    ne pas utiliser
    (injured limb)
    laisser [quelque chose] au repos
    rest your legs!
    repose tes jambes!
  • 3 (Agriculture) (leave uncultivated)
    laisser [quelque chose] en jachère
  • 4 (keep from entering)
    (organizer, team)
    ne pas faire participer
  • 5 (Law)to rest one's case I rest my case
    il n'y a rien à ajouter

intransitive verb

  • 1 (relax, lie down)
    se reposer
    I won't rest until I know
    je n'aurai de cesse de savoir
    to rest easy
  • 2 (be supported)to rest on
    (hand, weight, shelf)
    to be resting on
    (elbow, arm)
    être appuyé sur
    to rest on one's spade
    s'appuyer sur sa bêche
    I need something to rest on
    j'ai besoin d'un support
  • 3 [euphemistic] (actor) to be resting
    être sans engagement
  • 4 (dead person) to rest in peace
    reposer en paix
    may he rest in peace God rest his soul
    Dieu ait son âme
  • 5 [figurative] (lie) See examples: to let the matter ou things rest
    en rester là
    you can't just let it rest there!
    tu ne peux pas laisser les choses en l'état!


a change is as good as a rest

le changement a les mêmes vertus que le repos

to rest on one's laurels

se reposer sur ses lauriers

give it a rest (informal)!

ça suffit comme ça (informal)!

… and there the matter rests

voilà la situation actuelle, voilà où en est l'affaire

Phrasal verbs

rest in

rest in [something]
(key, solution)
consister à
to rest in doing

rest on

rest on [somebody/something] 1.1
(eyes, gaze) (object, person)
1.2 (depend)
(assumption, reasoning)

rest up

se reposer

rest with

rest with [somebody/something]
(decision, choice)
être entre les mains de, appartenir à

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