Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “reprieve”

reprieve

noun [C] uk   /rɪˈpriːv/ us  
an official order 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 bad situation or experience: The injection provided a temporary reprieve from the pain.

reprieve

verb [T] uk   /rɪˈpriːv/ us  
to stop or delay the punishment, especially by death, of a prisoner to provide something or someone with an escape from a bad situation or experience, especially to delay or stop plans to close or end something: The threatened hospitals could now be reprieved.
(Definition of reprieve from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of reprieve?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “reprieve” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

look on the bright side

to find good things in a bad situation

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More