› FINANCE financial help that is given to people, companies, or countries that cannot pay their taxes or debts: All of the more than 3 million people who file income taxes in Virginia will be eligible for the $100 relief when they file their returns for the last fiscal year. Congress must reach consensus quickly on the issue of economic relief for the airline industry. Satellite-television subscribers should get relief from some of the taxes on their monthly bills under new legislation.give/offer/provide relief (to sb) Tax-cut proposals could offer relief to homeownersget/obtain relief (from sth) Because of the Fed's move to cut interest rates, people whose mortgages are adjusting may get some relief. relief packages/measures
› US GOVERNMENT, FINANCE financial help that the government gives to people who are poor, unemployed, etc.: grant/give/provide relief (to sb) Lawmakers are being lobbied by pressure groups, urging them to grant additional relief to seniors.
› SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY money, food, and clothing that is sent to people who are in a difficult situation because of a war, flood, very bad storm, etc.: How can we be sure that relief will help those who are most in need? In the last five days we have undertaken a massive relief effort to bring water, medicine, and food to the refugees. disaster/emergency/flood relief a relief agency/organization/worker → See also debt relief, double taxation relief, mortgage relief, rate relief, tax relief