rest on-upon meaning
- rest on/upon
rest on/upon ! Rest upon is more formal than rest on and is mostly used in writing.
1. rest on/upon sth not progressive formal to depend on something in order to succeed:
▪ Success in business ultimately rests on good judgment and luck.
▪ The future of the European Community rests on political rather than economic considerations.
■ SIMILAR TO: depend on/upon
2. rest on/upon sth not progressive formal to be based on a particular idea or set of facts:
▪ The case against my client rests entirely on circumstantial evidence.
▪ The proposal rests on a simple notion: replace all current taxes with a single charge levied on everyone.
■ SIMILAR TO: be based on/upon
3. sb's eyes rest on/upon sth if your eyes rest on something, you look at it for a period of time after looking around at other things:
▪ She gazed at the peaceful scene until her eyes rested on the old boat lying on the shore.
▪ He stopped abruptly, his eyes narrowing as they rested on her tense face.