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rest upon (something)

1. To be placed on or supported by something else, especially in a temporary or unusual manner. The television rested precariously upon a wobbly old stool. Sorry, my computer was resting upon some of your papers.
2. To lay or lean something on top of something else, especially gently and temporarily. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "rest" and "upon." You can rest the box upon this stack of magazine while I clear some space on the workbench. Here, rest your leg upon this pillow to help the swelling go down.
3. To recline or lie on something as a means of recuperating. Let me know if you need any help, I'm just going to rest upon the sofa for a little while.
4. To rely, depend, or be contingent on someone or something. A peaceful resolution to this conflict rests upon the two countries' leaders engaging in meaningful, productive talks. You can't just rest upon the success of your first novel to remain relevant with readers, you have to always be striving for bigger and better things.
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Her keel we had laid upon several rollers cut from small trees, the ends of the rollers in turn resting upon parallel tracks of long saplings.
ISLAMABAD -- The Supreme Court has declared that any acquittal can only be reversed if found 'blatantly perverse, resting upon fringes of impossibility and resulting into miscarriage of justice,' as it set aside a Lahore High Court verdict to send an accused to jail 14 years after he was acquitted.
Baptized in the Spirit--God's Presence Resting Upon You with Power
The two officials also shared opinions on the political situation and challenges in the Republic of Macedonia and said they were pleased with the way relations between the two friendly nations have hitherto developed resting upon the Declaration on Strategic Partnership and Cooperation.
Holstun castigates the revisionist position as a one-sided embracing of the grandees' hierarchical vision of collective life as if it were universal, whereas Holstun convincingly argues that it was "a particular strategic rhetoric" pursuing particular political interests resting upon property rights limiting the franchise, a rhetoric that was countered by the radicals invoking natural law to ground the rights of the Army's power to govern itself democratically.
Margaret Neve's girl dances in the moonlight, resting upon the silky air as the great moon rests on the soft waters.