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noun relief pronunciation in British English /rɪˈliːf/
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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 handed them in.
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  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. 3
    [uncountable] food, clothes, and money given to people who are in urgent need of help, for example because of a war or other bad situation
    flood/disaster/earthquake relief
    a shipment of relief supplies bound for the Sudan
  4. 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 manager.
    See also light relief



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