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
References in classic literature ?
I was reposing upon the mats, within the sacred building, in company with Mehevi and several other chiefs, when the announcement was first made.
Why assume that a doubled-up body, a contorted, purple face, and a gaping mouth emitting a series of ear-splitting shrieks point to a state of more intelligent happiness than a pensive face reposing upon a little white hand, and a pair of gentle tear-dimmed eyes looking back through Time's dark avenue upon a fading past?
One night as I sat, half stupified, in a den of more than infamy, my attention was suddenly drawn to some black object, reposing upon the head of one of the immense hogsheads of Gin, or of Rum, which constituted the chief furniture of the apartment.
Others, reposing upon heaps of coals or ashes, with their faces turned to the black vault above, slept or rested from their toil.
"Swapping naturally was indulged in and many black German caps are now reposing upon unfamiliar Rydal heads."