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Definitions of respite

  1. To grant a delay to; as, to respite a criminal; to relieve by a short period of rest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To grant a respite to: to relieve by a pause: to delay. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. grant a respite to Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. To relieve by an interval of rest; to suspend the execution of; to postpone. See Respect. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. To suspend; to delay for a time; to relieve by an interval of rest. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. A putting off of that which was appointed; a postponement or delay. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause; delay. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Temporary suspension of the execution of a capital offender; reprieve. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To give or grant a respite to. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To delay or postpone; to put off. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To keep back from execution; to reprieve. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To relieve by a pause or interval of rest. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. A temporary putting off, as of the carrying out of a sentence; postponement; brief period of rest; as, a respite from labor. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. Temporary cessation of anything: pause: interval of rest: (law) temporary suspension of the execution of a criminal. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Temporary cessation; interval of relief; suspension of punishment. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. Temporary intermission of labour, process, or operation; interval of rest; pause; temporary suspension of the execution of a criminal; the prolongation of time for the payment of a debt. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. Delay, as for breathing; pause; interval; temporary suspension of the execution of a capital sentence on a criminal; a reprieve. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for respite

  1. With the indifference born of long usage they were enjoying every minute of the brief respite accorded them, content to wait for the doctor's call if the patient had immediate need of them. – The Heart of a Woman by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  2. Her father's death and some little money left to her gave momentary respite – London's Underworld by Thomas Holmes
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