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Definition of "respite" []

  • A usually short interval of rest or relief. See Synonyms at pause. (noun)
  • Law Temporary suspension of a death sentence; a reprieve. (noun)
  • To delay; postpone. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "respite" in a sentence
  • "At this point, Blue Laws exist to give counties and municipalities a respite from the crush of commerce for one day a week."
  • "It may appear to offer the prospect of short-term respite from economic difficulties."
  • "You have such a talent for writing .. it is such a welcome respite from the urban stresses of my life in corporate America. thank you for your excellent tutorial - 3 x a week."