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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
res•pite /ˈrɛspɪt/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- a delay;
a period of relief: [countable]a brief respite from the pain.[uncountable]The music from the nightclub pounded without respite all night.
(res′pit),USA pronunciation n., v., -pit•ed, -pit•ing. n.
- a delay or cessation for a time, esp. of anything distressing or trying;
an interval of relief:to toil without respite.
- temporary suspension of the execution of a person condemned to death;
- to relieve temporarily, esp. from anything distressing or trying;
give an interval of relief from.
- to grant delay in the carrying out of (a punishment, obligation, etc.).
- Latin respectāre, frequentative of respicere to look back; see respect
- Old French respitier
- Latin respectus (see respect); (verb, verbal) Middle English respiten
- Old French
- (noun, nominal) Middle English respit 1200–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hiatus, rest, recess.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged postponement, stay.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged alleviate.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged postpone, suspend.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
respite /ˈrɛspɪt -paɪt/ n
- a pause from exertion; interval of rest
- a temporary delay
- a temporary stay of execution; reprieve
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French respit, from Latin respectus a looking back; see respect
- (transitive) to grant a respite to; reprieve