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Meaning & Definition of Relief in English

English

Relief

/rɪlif/

noun

1. The feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced

  • "As he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief"
    synonym:
  • relief
  • ,
  • alleviation
  • ,
  • assuagement

2. The condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)

  • "He enjoyed his relief from responsibility"
  • "Getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"
    synonym:
  • relief
  • ,
  • ease

3. (law) redress awarded by a court

  • "Was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?"
    synonym:
  • relief

4. Someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)

  • "The star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes"
  • "We need extra employees for summer fill-ins"
    synonym:
  • stand-in
  • ,
  • substitute
  • ,
  • relief
  • ,
  • reliever
  • ,
  • backup
  • ,
  • backup man
  • ,
  • fill-in

5. Assistance in time of difficulty

  • "The contributions provided some relief for the victims"
    synonym:
  • relief
  • ,
  • succor
  • ,
  • succour
  • ,
  • ministration

6. A pause for relaxation

  • "People actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
    synonym:
  • respite
  • ,
  • rest
  • ,
  • relief
  • ,
  • rest period

7. A change for the better

    synonym:
  • easing
  • ,
  • moderation
  • ,
  • relief

8. Aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped

  • "He has been on relief for many years"
    synonym:
  • relief

9. The act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)

  • "He asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"
    synonym:
  • easing
  • ,
  • easement
  • ,
  • alleviation
  • ,
  • relief

10. Sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background

    synonym:
  • relief
  • ,
  • relievo
  • ,
  • rilievo
  • ,
  • embossment
  • ,
  • sculptural relief

11. The act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged

  • "He asked for troops for the relief of atlanta"
    synonym:
  • relief

Examples of using

What a relief!
We all breathed a sigh of relief.
That's a relief.