Respite

  • 1 Respite — Res pite, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Respited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Respiting}.] [OF. respiter, LL. respectare. See {Respite}, n.] To give or grant a respite to. Specifically: (a) To delay or postpone; to put off. (b) To keep back from execution; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Respite — Res pite (r?s p?t), n. [OF. respit, F. r[ e]pit, from L. respectus respect, regard, delay, in LL., the deferring of a day. See {Respect}.] 1. A putting off of that which was appointed; a postponement or delay. [1913 Webster] I crave but four day… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Respite — may be:* Respite (law), delay of sentence * Respite care, care provided as temporary replacement of a live in caregiver * Respite (management), practice of allocating extraordinary resources toward recovery of workers from effects of unusual… …

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  • 4 respite — res·pite / res pət, ri spīt/ n in the civil law of Louisiana: a judicially approved or enforced agreement that provides a debtor with time or a delay for the payment of creditors Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. respite …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 respite — [res′pit] n. [ME < OFr respit < L respectus: see RESPECT] 1. a delay or postponement; esp., postponement of the carrying out of a death sentence; reprieve 2. an interval of temporary relief or rest, as from pain, work, duty, etc.; lull vt.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 respite — late 13c., from O.Fr. respit delay, respect, from L. respectus consideration, recourse, regard (see RESPECT (Cf. respect)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 respite — *pause, recess, lull, intermission Analogous words: leisure, ease, *rest: interruption, interval, *break …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 respite — is pronounced either res piyt or res pit …

    Modern English usage

  • 9 respite — [n] pause, suspension in activity acquittal, adjournment, break, breath*, breather*, breathing space*, cessation, coffee break*, deadlock, deferment, delay, deliverance, discharge, downtime*, ease, exculpation, five*, forgiveness, halt, hiatus,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 respite — ► NOUN ▪ a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant. ORIGIN Old French respit, from Latin respectus refuge, consideration …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 respite — n. 1) to allow, give respite (we allowed them no respite) 2) a brief, temporary respite 3) a respite from (there was no respite from the cold) 4) without respite * * * [ resp(a)ɪt] temporary respite give respite (we allowed them no respite) a… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 respite — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ brief, little, momentary, short, temporary ▪ a brief respite from the ringing of the phone ▪ much needed, welcome …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 respite — res|pite [ respıt ] noun singular or uncount FORMAL a short period of rest from having to deal with a difficult or unpleasant situation: The weekend break offered a welcome respite. respite from: The road work has given residents a much needed… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 respite — res|pite [ˈrespıt, paıt US pıt] n [singular,U] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: respit, from Medieval Latin respectus; RESPECT1] 1.) a short time when something bad stops happening, so that the situation is temporarily better respite from… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 respite — UK [ˈrespɪt] / US / UK [ˈrespaɪt] noun [singular/uncountable] formal a short period of rest from having to deal with a difficult or unpleasant situation respite from: The road works have given residents a much needed respite from the constant… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 respite —     Even Saudi Arabia s assurance that it would not cut oil prices provided no more than a temporary respite (Daily Telegraph). The expression is common but redundant. A respite can only be temporary. Brief respite is also common and also nearly… …

    Dictionary of troublesome word

  • 17 respite — [[t]re̱spaɪt, pɪt[/t]] 1) N SING: also no det, oft N from n A respite is a short period of rest from something unpleasant. [FORMAL] It was some weeks now since they had had any respite from shellfire. 2) N SING: also no det A respite is a short… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 respite — noun (singular, uncountable) 1 a short time when something unpleasant stops happening, so that the situation is temporarily better (+ from): a welcome respite from the constant pressure of work | without respite: The noise went on all night… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 respite — I. noun Etymology: Middle English respit, from Anglo French, from Medieval Latin respectus, from Latin, act of looking back more at respect Date: 13th century 1. a period of temporary delay 2. an interval of rest or relief II. transitive verb… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 respite — /respat/raspayt/ The temporary suspension of the execution of a sentence; a reprieve; a delay, forbearance, or continuation of time. In the civil law, an act by which a debtor, who is unable to satisfy his debts at the moment, transacts… …

    Black's law dictionary