relief - definition and synonyms


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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

    a shipment of relief supplies bound for the Sudan

  4. 4
    [countable] art a design or sculpture consisting of a raised surface on a flat background
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  5. 5
    [uncountable] the right not to have to pay the full amount of tax or interest on an amount of money
  6. 6
    [singular] a person or group that replaces another person or group that is away from their job or has finished a period of duty
    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to a person or group that temporarily replaces another person or group in their job

      the relief crew

  7. 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