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respite

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noun re·spite \ˈres-pət also ri-ˈspīt, British usually ˈres-ˌpīt\

Simple Definition of respite

  • : a short period of time when you are able to stop doing something that is difficult or unpleasant or when something difficult or unpleasant stops or is delayed

Full Definition of respite

  1. 1 :  a period of temporary delay

  2. 2 :  an interval of rest or relief

Examples of respite

  1. But in the middle of each semester there came a short respite, separate from the traditional holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. —Martha Southgate, The Fall of Rome, 2002

  2. Six years more of toil they had to face before they could expect the least respite, the cessation of the payments upon the house … —Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, 1906

  3. The laborer's day ends with the going down of the sun … but his employer, who speculates from month to month, has no respite from one end of the year to the other. —Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

  4. The bad weather has continued without respite.



Origin of respite

Middle English respit, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin respectus, from Latin, act of looking back — more at respect


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with respite

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respite

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verb re·spite \ˈres-pət also ri-ˈspīt, British usually ˈres-ˌpīt\

Definition of respite

re·spit·edre·spit·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to grant a temporary period of relief to :  grant a respite to

  3. 2 :  put off, delay



Origin of respite

(see 1respite)


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with respite


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respite

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adjective re·spite \ˈres-pət also ri-ˈspīt, British usually ˈres-ˌpīt\

Definition of respite

  1. :  providing or being temporary care in relief of a primary caregiver <respite care> <a respite worker>



Origin of respite

(see 1respite)


First Known Use: 1978


RESPITE Defined for Kids

respite

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noun res·pite \ˈre-spət\

Definition of respite

  1. 1 :  a short delay

  2. 2 :  a period of rest or relief <Matthias was glad of the brief respite after all the excitement. — Brian Jacques, Redwall>





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