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"relief" in British English

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reliefnoun

uk   /rɪˈliːf/  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 tohear that Marta was ​foundsafe 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 ​providehelp for ​people in need: an ​international relief operation relief agencies/​supplies Musicians have ​raised millions of ​dollars for famine relief in ​Africa.

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  • relief noun (RAISED AREA)

[U] a ​method of ​raisingshapes above a ​flatsurface 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 ​flatsurface in which the ​forms are ​raised above the ​surface: stone reliefs
(Definition of relief from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"relief" in American English

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reliefnoun

 us   /rɪˈlif/
  • relief noun (HAPPINESS)

[U] a ​feeling of ​happiness that something ​unpleasant has not ​happened or has ​ended: She breathed a ​sigh of relief when she ​finished her ​exams.
[U] Relief also ​means the reduction or end of ​pain: Aspirin may give you some relief.
  • relief noun (HELP)

[U] food, ​money, or ​services for ​people in need: disaster relief
  • relief noun (WORK OF ART)

[C/U] the ​building up of ​parts of a ​surface to ​form a ​picture or ​design that can be ​seen above the ​background, or a ​work of ​art made by this ​method: [C] the reliefs of the Parthenon
(Definition of relief from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"relief" in Business English

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reliefnoun [U]

uk   us   /rɪˈliːf/
FINANCE financialhelp that is given to ​people, ​companies, or countries that cannot ​pay their ​taxes or ​debts: All of the more than 3 million ​people who ​fileincometaxes in Virginia will be eligible for the $100 relief when they ​file their ​returns for the last ​fiscalyear. Congress must ​reachconsensus quickly on the ​issue of ​economic relief for the ​airlineindustry. 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 ​cutinterestrates, ​people whose ​mortgages are ​adjusting may get some relief. relief ​packages/​measures
US GOVERNMENT, FINANCE financialhelp that the ​government gives to ​people who are ​poor, ​unemployed, etc.: grant/give/provide relief (to sb) Lawmakers are being ​lobbied by ​pressuregroups, urging them to ​grantadditional 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
(Definition of relief from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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