- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɹɛˌspaɪt/, IPA(key): /ˈɹɛspɪt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɹɛspɪt/
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- A brief interval of rest or relief.
- c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “Measvre for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene ii]:
- I crave but four day's respite.
- 1918, Maxwell, W[illiam] B[abington], chapter 10, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.
- 2013 May 23, Lyall, Sarah, “British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party”, in New York Times, retrieved 29 May 2013:
- Mr. Cameron had a respite Thursday from the negative chatter swirling around him when he appeared outside 10 Downing Street to denounce the murder a day before of a British soldier on a London street.
- (law) A reprieve, especially from a sentence of death.
- (law) The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term.
brief interval of rest or relief
(law) reprieve, especially from a sentence of death
(law) delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term
- (transitive) To delay or postpone (an event).
- (transitive) To allow (a person) extra time to fulfil some obligation.
(transitive) To delay or postpone