April 19, 2016
repose (verb)
\rih-POHZ\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to lay at rest2 : to lie at rest
How do you use it?
After hearing that she had been accepted to Harvard, Kory could not repose for one minute and was up the whole night.
Are you a word wiz?

Before you stop to rest, see if you can answer our quiz. We'll tell you that "repose" comes from the Latin word "pausare," meaning "to stop." Now you tell us which one of these words you think also stems from "pausare."

"Pausare" is the Latin verb meaning "to stop," and while it seems like a common word, it hasn't left many English descendants. Among such a small family, "pose" and "repose" are two that we recognize easily. "Pose," meaning "to hold or cause to hold a special position of the body," descends by way of French from the Latin "pausare." "Repose" also came into English by way of the French, who took it from the Latin verb "repausare," meaning "to rest oneself." Both Latin verbs derive from the Latin noun "pausa," meaning "pause." It's no surprise that another common English word comes from "pausa": the word "pause."
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