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Part of speech: verb

Origin: Late Middle English, mid 15th century


To lie down while resting


To be positioned or situated in a certain spot

Examples of Repose in a sentence

"I think I'll repose for a while and get my strength up."

"The late body will repose in state with the utmost reverence and dignity."

About Repose

The idea of letting those who have died 'lie in repose,' or displaying their body publicly, has become a tradition for many popular and respected political figures in the United States. The first President to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol was Abraham Lincoln, and the most recent was President George H.W. Bush, who died on November 30th, 2018 at the age of 94.

Did you Know?

The roots of repose come from a Latin word meaning "to rest again." Technically, you can't repose unless you've already rested once.

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