reprieve Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"reprieve" in British English

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reprievenoun [C]

uk   us   /rɪˈpriːv/
an ​officialorder that ​stops or ​delays the ​punishment, ​especially by ​death, of a ​prisoner: He was ​sentenced to ​death but was granted a ​last-minute reprieve. an ​escape from a ​badsituation or ​experience: The ​injectionprovided a ​temporary reprieve from the ​pain.

reprieveverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈpriːv/
to ​stop or ​delay the ​punishment, ​especially by ​death, of a ​prisoner to ​provide something or someone with an ​escape from a ​badsituation or ​experience, ​especially to ​delay or ​stopplans to ​close or end something: The ​threatenedhospitals could now be reprieved.
(Definition of reprieve from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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reprievenoun [C]

 us   /rɪˈpriv/
an ​officialorder to ​delay or ​stop a prisoner’s ​punishment, esp. the ​punishment of ​death: The ​wardennotified Shaw of his reprieve. A reprieve is also any ​delay that is ​welcomed: The ​play, about to ​close, was ​granted a four-week reprieve.
reprieve
verb [T]  us   /rɪˈpriv/
(Definition of reprieve from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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