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relief

noun [U]     /rɪˈliːf/
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 homeowners get/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
(Definition of relief noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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