- 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 © 2015
res•pite /ˈrɛspɪt/USA pronunciation n.
a period of relief: [countable]a brief respite from the pain.[uncountable]The music from the nightclub pounded without respite all night.
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