Relief meaning

rĭ-lēf
A payment made by the heir of a deceased tenant to a feudal lord for the privilege of succeeding to the tenant's estate.
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(law) The assistance or redress sought by a complainant in a court, esp. a court of equity.
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(baseball) The pitching done by a relief pitcher.

Gave the team two innings of excellent relief.

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Something that makes a pleasant or amusing change from something tedious or unpleasant.

The music was a great relief after all those phone calls.

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(geology) The variations in elevation of an area of the earth's surface.
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Distinction or prominence due to contrast.
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Anything that lessens tension or strain, or offers a pleasing change, as to the mind or eye.
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(baseball) Designating a pitcher who replaces another during a game, esp. one who is regularly used in this way.
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(law) The objective sought by a lawsuit or legal action, such as an award of monetary damages or an order requiring the other party to take a particular action.
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Relief is the ease of pain, tension, strain or other discomfort.

An example of relief is medication taking away a headache.

An example of relief is getting a job after a long period of unemployment.

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Aid in the form of goods or money given, as by a government agency, to persons unable to support themselves.
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Any aid given in times of need, danger, or disaster, as supplies sent into a flooded area.
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A payment made by the heir of a feudal vassal to the overlord on taking over an estate.
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(printing) A method of printing in which the image is carried on raised surfaces; letterpress.
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Relief is support or aid given to a nation or people in a time of need.

An example of relief is giving money to help those affected by the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

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Assistance or help given to those who are in need; especially financial assistance provided by the state.
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The benefit or redress awarded to a claimant by a court, or claimed in a court, especially that which is equitable in nature, such as an injunction against future harm, as distinct from monetary damages.
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The removal of stress or discomfort.

I sighed with relief when I found out that my daughter hadn't got lost, but was waiting for me at home.

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The feeling associated with the removal of stress or discomfort.
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The person who takes over a shift for another.

Officer Schmidt can finally go home because his relief has arrived.

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Aid or assistance offered in time of need.
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(law) Court-ordered compensation, aid, or protection, a redress.
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A lowering of a tax through special provisions; short for tax relief.
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A type of sculpture or other artwork in which shapes or figures protrude from a flat background.
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The apparent difference in elevation in the surface of a painting or drawing made noticeable by a variation in light or color.
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The difference of elevations on a surface.

The relief on that part of the earth's surface.

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on relief
  • Receiving public assistance because of need or poverty.
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in relief
  • carved or molded so as to project from a surface
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on relief
  • receiving government aid because of poverty, unemployment, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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Origin of relief

  • Middle English from Old French from relever to relieve relieve Senses 5, 6, and 7, French from Italian rilievo bas-relief

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French relief (“assistance"), from Old French relever (“to relieve"), from Latin relevare (“to raise up, make light"). See also relieve.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Italian rilevare (“to raise"), from Latin relevare (“to raise").

    From Wiktionary