- a pause from exertion; interval of rest
- a temporary delay
- a temporary stay of execution; reprieve
- (transitive) to grant a respite to; reprieve
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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
res•pite /ˈrɛspɪt/USA pronunciation n.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
n., v., -pit•ed, -pit•ing.
Etymology:1 . hiatus, rest, recess. 2 . postponement, stay. 3 . alleviate. 4 . postpone, suspend.
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