Part of speech: verb

To grant a respite to; reprieve; relieve.

Part of speech: noun

Temporary intermission; postponement, as of the execution of a sentence; reprieve.

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Usage examples "respite":

  1. Even in victory, unlife gave you no respite. - "A Matter of Proportion", Anne Walker.
  2. However, I collected myself in the minute's respite which the loud applause gave me, and I replied,-- " Yes; I adore you! - "The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons", Jacques Casanova de Seingalt.
  3. What is it then now but a respite from starvation? - "Pelham, Complete", Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009.