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respite

res·pite

respite

 
 
pronunciation:
re spiht
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a period of rest, esp. from something difficult or unpleasant.
She needed a day of respite after spending so much time tending to her mother in the hospital.
synonyms:
breather, intermission, letup, rest
similar words:
letdown, lull, relaxation
definition 2: a temporary reprieve from a death sentence.
During his respite, he wrote letters to his wife asking for forgiveness.
synonyms:
abeyance, reprieve
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: respited, respites, respiting
definition 1: to put off; delay.
synonyms:
delay
similar words:
defer, postpone
definition 2: to give a reprieve from.
synonyms:
reprieve
similar words:
delay, release, remit, suspend
derivation: respiteless (adj.)