Relief - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈliːf|  American pronunciation of the word relief
Brit.  |rɪˈliːf|  British pronunciation of the word relief


- the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced(syn: alleviation, assuagement)
- the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)(syn: ease)
- (law) redress awarded by a court
- someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult) (syn: backup, fill-in, reliever, stand-in, substitute)
- assistance in time of difficulty(syn: ministration, succor, succour)
- a pause for relaxation (syn: respite, rest)
- a change for the better (syn: easing, moderation)

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I felt such a sense of relief after I finished my thesis.

He expressed relief that the crisis was finally over.

Much to everyone's relief, the airplane took off without any problems.

What a relief it is to be back home.

Exercise is an excellent source of stress relief.

Both candidates promised tax relief for middle-class families.

Countries from around the world have been sending relief to the flood victims.

We donated to the relief effort for the hurricane victims.

My father lost his job and we had to go on relief.

They found relief in looking at their son's photographs.

It was a relief to get home.

They expressed relief that the crisis was over.

To my relief they got there safely.

I felt a huge surge of relief and happiness.

He watched with relief as the girl nodded.

Word forms

singular: relief
plural: reliefs
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