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relief

noun
 
 
/rɪˈliːf/
EMOTION [U, no plural] B2 the good feeling that you have when something unpleasant stops or does not happen: It'll be such a relief when these exams are over. "James can't come tonight." "Well, that's a relief!"Relieved and thankful
HELP [U] money, food, or clothes that are given to people because they need help: an international relief operation Helping and co-operatingSocial security and state benefitsPoverty and poor
PHYSICAL FEELING [U] an end to or pause in a feeling of pain: I'd been trying to sleep to find relief from the pain.Making things betterBecoming better
(Definition of relief from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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