/rI'li:f/ noun
1 COMFORT (singular, uncountable) a feeling of comfort when something frightening, worrying, or painful has ended or has not happened: I felt a huge surge of relief and happiness. | be a relief: In a way it was a relief to know exactly what we were up against. | to your relief (=making you feel relief): To our great relief the children all arrived home safely. | what a relief!: “The boss didn't realize you were late.” “What a relief!” | a sigh of relief: The men went away and she heaved a sigh of relief.
2 REDUCTION OF PAIN (U) the reduction of pain or unhappy feelings: pain relief: the various methods of pain relief available to women in labor
(+ of): the relief of suffering (+ from): Tranquillizers provide only temporary relief from depression.
3 HELP (U) money, food, clothes etc given to people who are poor or hungry: a relief fund for refugees
4 MONEY (U) especially AmE money given by the government to help people who are poor, old, unemployed etc; benefit 1 (2) BrE
5 REPLACE SB (C) a person or group of people that replaces another one and does their duty after they have finished: the relief for the military guard | a relief driver
6 the relief of the act of freeing a town when it has been surrounded by an enemy: the relief of Mafeking
7 DECORATION (C) a shape or decoration that is raised above the surface it is on
8 STICKING OUT in relief a shape or decoration that is in relief sticks out above the rest of the surface it is on: in high/low relief (=sticking out a lot or a little)
9 stand out in bold/stark/sharp relief to be very different from everything around and therefore very easy to notice: The tree stood out in stark relief against the snow.
10 light/comic relief a funny moment during a serious film, book, or situation: There wasn't much in the way of light relief on the radio.
11 MAP in relief if you show a part of the Earth's surface in relief, you show the differences in height between different parts of it
—see also: tax relief

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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