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noun relief pronunciation in American English /rɪˈlif/
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] a relaxed happy feeling that you get because something bad has not happened or a bad situation has ended

    It’s a huge relief to know that everyone is safe.

    to someone’s relief:

    To her relief, someone had found the keys and turned them in.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the reduction of pain or the effects of an illness

    It’s a drug commonly prescribed for pain relief.

    relief from:

    The patients experienced no relief from their symptoms.

  3. 8
    [singular/uncountable] a temporary improvement in or rest from a situation that is difficult or boring, or something that provides this

    The storms continued all night, and the next morning brought no relief.

    welcome/much-needed relief:

    Last night’s unexpected win will bring much-needed relief to the team’s coach.

    See also light relief

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