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  Definition of relief
  1. the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance); "he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"
  2. the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged; "he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta"
  3. aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped; "he has been on relief for many years"
  4. assistance in time of difficulty; "the contributions provided some relief for the victims"
  5. sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
  6. a change for the better
  7. the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced; "as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief"
  8. 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"
  9. (law) redress awarded by a court; "was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?"
  10. 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"
  11. a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
Similar Words: easing, easement, alleviation, succor, succour, ministration, relievo, rilievo, embossment, sculptural relief, moderation, assuagement, stand-in, substitute, reliever, backup, backup man, fill-in, ease, respite, rest, rest period

 

Hyponyms: spasmolysis, detente, palliation, liberalization, liberalisation, relaxation, consolation, comfort, solace, mercy, alto relievo, alto rilievo, high relief, bas relief, low relief, basso relievo, basso rilievo, mezzo-relievo, mezzo-rilievo, half-relief, disembarrassment, breath of fresh air, locum tenens, locum, double, stunt man, stunt woman, surrogate, alternate, replacement, reprieve, respite, breath, breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time

 

Derivational Morphology: relieve, alleviate, palliate, assuage, still, allay, ease, comfort, minister, succor, succour, emboss, boss, stamp, facilitate, substitute, sub, stand in, fill in, take over, deputize, deputise, step in, rest, breathe, catch one's breath, take a breather

 

Anagrams: riffle, filler, refill

 

Language Translations:
Chinese: 解除   Dutch: opluchting  
Finnish: helpotus   French: soulagement  
German: Erleichterung   Greek: ανακούφιση  
Hebrew: הקלה   Italian: sollievo  
Japanese: 安心   Korean: 제고  
Portuguese: alívio   Russian: облегчение  
Spanish: alivio   Swedish: lättnad  
Telugu: ఉపశమనం  
 
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