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Definition of respite noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [singular, uncountable]
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  1. 1respite (from something) a short break or escape from something difficult or unpleasant The medicine brought a brief respite from the pain. There was no respite from the suffocating heat. She continued to work without respite. respite care (= temporary care arranged for old, mentally ill, etc. people so that the people who usually care for them can have a rest) Thesaurusrestbreak respite time out breathing roomThese are all words for a short period of time spent a period of relaxing, sleeping, or doing nothing after a period of activity:We stopped for a well-deserved rest.break a short period of time when you stop what you are doing and rest or eat:Let's take a break.respite a short break from something difficult or unpleasant:The medicine brought a brief respite from the pain.time out (informal) time for resting or relaxing away from your usual work or studies:Let's take (some) time out to gather our thoughts.breathing room a short rest in the middle of a busy period:I've got very little breathing room in my afternoon schedule.Patterns (a) rest/break/respite/time out from something to have/take (a) rest/break/time out to give somebody (a) rest/break/respite/breathing room
  2. 2a short delay allowed before something difficult or unpleasant must be done synonym reprieve His creditors agreed to give him a temporary respite.
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