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Definition of reprieve verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reprieve
    he / she / it reprieves
    past simple reprieved
    -ing form reprieving
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  1. 1(not usually used in the progressive tenses)
  2. 2reprieve somebody to officially cancel or delay a punishment, especially for a prisoner who is condemned to death a reprieved murderer
  3. 3reprieve something to officially cancel or delay plans to close something or end something 70 jobs have been reprieved until next April.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: reprieve

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