relief Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "relief" - English Dictionary

See all translations

reliefnoun

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
More examples

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.
More examples

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
(Definition of relief from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of relief?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “relief” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
dole

the money that the government gives to people who are unemployed

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

responsible luxury noun
responsible luxury noun
August 03, 2015
high-end, green tourism and hospitality Jumeirah’s ‘responsible luxury’ approach is an example of a sustainable travel experience – future guests will enjoy the environment as much as today’s.

Read More