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Meaning of “respite” in the English Dictionary

"respite" in British English

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respitenoun

uk   us   /ˈres.paɪt/ formal
[U] a ​pause or ​rest from something ​difficult or ​unpleasant: We ​worked for ​hours without respite. [S] a ​usefuldelay before something ​unpleasanthappens: Their ​teacher was away, so they had a day's respite before ​theiressays were ​due.
(Definition of respite from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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respitenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈres·pɪt, rɪˈspɑɪt/
a ​pause or ​rest from something ​difficult or ​unpleasant: [C usually sing] The ​centerprovides a respite for ​teens in ​trouble.
(Definition of respite from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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