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Definition of reprieve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    reprieve

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpriːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpriːv//
     
    [usually passive] (not usually used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reprieve
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpriːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpriːv//
     
    he / she / it reprieves
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpriːvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpriːvz//
     
    past simple reprieved
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpriːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpriːvd//
     
    past participle reprieved
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpriːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpriːvd//
     
    -ing form reprieving
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpriːvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpriːvɪŋ//
     
    Types of punishment
     
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  1. 1reprieve somebody to officially cancel or delay a punishment for a prisoner who is condemned to death a reprieved murderer See related entries: Types of punishment
  2. 2reprieve something to officially cancel or delay plans to close something or end something 70 jobs have been reprieved until next April.
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent. (as the past participle repryed): from Anglo-Norman French repris, past participle of reprendre, from Latin re- ‘back’ + prehendere ‘seize’. The insertion of -v- (16th cent.) remains unexplained. Sense development has undergone a reversal, from the early meaning ‘send back to prison’, via ‘postpone a legal process’, to the current sense ‘rescue from impending punishment’.
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