repose upon (someone or something)

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repose upon (someone or something)

1. To lie flat and at full length atop something. The patient reposed upon the therapist's sofa, recounting the trauma of his childhood.
2. To be based on, exist in, or take support from something. For me, faith must repose upon reason, logic, and evidence. Your belief reposes upon a fantasy you've concocted in your mind. The dictatorship's power reposed upon the fear of its citizens.
3. To impart or place something in some person, group, thing, action, or concept. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "repose" and "upon." Many reposed their hopes for a better upon the new candidate, but found themselves underwhelmed once he actually took office. We found out long ago that we can no longer repose trust upon the government.
See also: repose, upon
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He said, "Yes"; and I bade him give it to the poor Spaniard, who was in as much want of it as his father; and I sent one of the cakes that Friday brought to the Spaniard too, who was indeed very weak, and was reposing himself upon a green place under the shade of a tree; and whose limbs were also very stiff, and very much swelled with the rude bandage he had been tied with.