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noun [singular/uncountable] formal respite pronunciation in British English /ˈrespɪt/respite pronunciation in British English /ˈrespaɪt/

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  1. a short period of rest from having to deal with a difficult or unpleasant situation
    respite from: The road works have given residents a much-needed respite from the constant traffic.
    no/little respite: There has been no respite in the terrible weather.
    without respite: The pain in his leg continued without respite.

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