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put to rest


to place in a grave or tomb


social verb (politics, social activities, events, etc.)

Past tense:

put to rest

Present participle:

putting to rest

3rd-person singular present:

puts to rest

Type of:

lay » put » move

Original source:

Princeton WordNet


put + to + rest.
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)


put to rest | putting to rest [present participle] | puts to rest [3rd-person singular present]

to settle or finish, especially a question or discussion (9 of 10 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/put to rest

Random House Dictionary:

rest | at rest [sense-specific] | lay to rest [sense-specific] | the repose of death [sense-specific] | bridge [billiards, game of pool, entry 1, definition 14, synonym, sense-specific] | dead [synonym, sense-specific] | surplus [Brit. Banking, definitions 1, 2, synonym, sense-specific]

the refreshing quiet or repose of sleep. | refreshing ease or inactivity after exertion or labor. | relief or freedom, especially from anything that ... (22 of 550 words, 44 definitions, 22 usage examples, pronunciation)


Collins Dictionary:

lay to rest

to bury (a dead person) (5 of 395 words, 7 usage examples)




a repository for the remains of the dead. It's generally any structurally enclosed interment space or burial chamber, of varying sizes. The word is used in a broad sense to encompass a number of such types of places of interment or, occasionally,... (42 of 567 words, 3 images)


New World Dictionary:

entomb | entombment [noun, related]

to place in a tomb or grave; bury | to be a tomb for (13 of 30 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)



entomb | bury [synonym, sense-specific] | hearse [synonym, sense-specific] | inhume [synonym, sense-specific] | inter [synonym, sense-specific] | lay [synonym, sense-specific] | put away [synonym, sense-specific] | tomb [synonym, sense-specific] | disinter [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

to deposit in or as if in a tomb; "bury" | to serve as a tomb for (16 of 117 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

entomb [transitive, literary] | entombed [past tense] | entombing [present participle] | entombs [3rd-person singular present]

to put someone or something in or under something so that they cannot escape ; to put a dead person in a tomb (=an underground room) (26 of 67 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:


place (a dead body) in a tomb | bury or trap within something (12 of 64 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

entomb | entombed [past tense] | entombing [present participle] | entombs [3rd-person singular present] | entombment [noun, related]

To place in or as if in a tomb or grave. | To serve as a tomb for. (17 of 26 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

entomb [formal]

to bury someone or something (5 of 25 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

lay [poetry] | lai

in medieval French literature, a short romance, usually written in octosyllabic verse, that dealt with subjects thought to be of Celtic origin. The ... (23 of 162 words)


Columbia Encyclopedia:


disposal of a corpse in a grave or tomb. The first evidence of deliberate burial was found in European caves of the Paleolithic period. Prehistoric ... (25 of 142 words)


Encarta Dictionary:

entomb | entombed [past tense] | entombing [present participle] | entombs [3rd-person singular present] | entombment [noun, derived]

to put a corpse into a tomb | to put something in a place that is hidden or very deep | to serve as a tomb for somebody or something (28 of 84 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608665​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference


put to rest | putting to rest [present participle] | puts to rest [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: put + to + rest.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/put to rest

put | puts [plural] | putting [present participle]

Origin: Middle English putten, puten, poten, from Old English *putian, *pūtian ("to push, put out"; ... | Origin unknown. | Old French pute. (20 of 110 etymology words)



Origin: Middle English to ("to"), from Old English ("to"), from Proto-Germanic *, *ta ("to"), from Proto-Indo-European *de, *do ("to"). Cognate with Low German to ("to"), Dutch toe ("to"), German ... (29 of 46 etymology words)


rest | rested [past tense] | resting [present participle] | rests [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English rest, from Old English rest, ræst ("rest, quiet, freedom from toil, repose,... | Middle English resten, from Old English restan ("to rest, cease from toil, be at rest, sleep, rest in death, lie... (34 of 197 etymology words)


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