What is the meaning of relief?


  • The feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced.
    • usage: "as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief"
  • The condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress. )
    • usage: "he enjoyed his relief from responsibility"; "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"
  • Law) redress awarded by a court. (
    • usage: "was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury"
  • Someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult. )
    • usage: "the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes"; "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins"
  • Assistance in time of difficulty.
    • usage: "the contributions provided some relief for the victims"
  • A pause for relaxation.
    • usage: "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
  • A change for the better.
  • Aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped.
    • usage: "he has been on relief for many years"
  • The act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance. )
    • usage: "he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"
  • Sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background.
  • The act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged.
    • usage: "he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta"
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APAWordNet. (2010). relief. Retrieved January 16, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/relief/definitions/1193335
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HarvardWordNet 2010, relief, Smart Define, viewed 16 January, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/relief/definitions/1193335>.
MLAWordNet. "relief" 23 October 2010. Web. 16 January 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/relief/definitions/1193335>
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