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relief

noun uk   us   /rɪˈliːf/

relief noun (HAPPINESS)

B2 [S or U] a feeling of happiness that something unpleasant has not happened or has ended: [+ to infinitive] It was such a relief to hear that Marta was found safe and well. After the exam, I felt an incredible sense of relief. "James can't come tonight." "Well, that's a relief!" to seek/find/provide relief from the heat/cold/pain/noise
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relief noun (HELP)

C2 [C or U] food, money, or services that provide help for people in need: an international relief operation relief agencies/supplies Pop stars have raised millions of pounds for famine relief in Africa.
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relief noun (RAISED AREA)

[U] a method of raising shapes above a flat surface so that they appear to stand out slightly from it: Coins have pictures on them in relief. [C] specialized art a sculpture made from a flat surface in which the forms are raised above the surface: stone reliefs
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