[ UK /ɹɪlˈiːf/ ]
[ US /ɹiˈɫif, ɹɪˈɫif/ ]
  1. assistance in time of difficulty
    the contributions provided some relief for the victims
  2. the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced
    as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief
  3. someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
    we need extra employees for summer fill-ins
    the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes
  4. (law) redress awarded by a court
    was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?
  5. the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)
    getting it off his conscience gave him some ease
    he enjoyed his relief from responsibility
  6. the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged
    he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta
  7. aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped
    he has been on relief for many years
  8. a pause for relaxation
    people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests
  9. a change for the better
  10. sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
  11. the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)
    he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain
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How To Use relief In A Sentence

  • There are tight rules on the type of properties that qualify for the relief.
  • VARIOUS LEATHER PICTURE, It's a high classic decoration , made by hand, use nature color and veins of leather to make design, it shows obvious stereoscopy like relief sculpture but softly .
  • The firemen did heave a sigh of relief after pulling the deer out, but did not settle down and relax.
  • For now, it's a relief to see that she is not included in Forbes magazine's recent list of the world's 100 most powerful women.
  • It still whispered about, prowling in the back of his consciousness, murmuring darkly even though his body was slack with well-satisfied relief. Captured by Moonlight
  • In the twelfth century the canon lawyers devised an elaborate, and comparatively humane, legal framework for poor relief.
  • No part of the lunar globe became visible in relief against circumfluous solar radiance on any of the plates exposed at Grenada; and what vestiges of "structure" there were, came out almost better _upon_ the moon than _beside_ her, thus stamping themselves at once as of atmospheric origin. A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century Fourth Edition
  • Australia plays a leading role in advancing APEC's responses to human security issues such as communicable diseases, emergency disaster relief preparedness, counter-terrorism, climate change and energy security. Australia Strengthens APEC
  • When he left, Karen found herself heaving a huge sigh of relief.
  • But Sexton found Nicks for an easy 31-yard score on fourth down with 4: 11 left to seal it, and Nicks set the receiving record with a 22-yard catch a little later from T.J. Yates, making his first appearance in relief from a broken ankle suffered in September against Virginia Tech. Newspaper Home Delivery - Subscribe Today USATODAY.com
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