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Dictionary definition for: Relief

1. (n) the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced; "as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief"

2. (n) the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress) "he enjoyed his relief from responsibility" "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"

3. (n) (law) redress awarded by a court; "was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?"

4. (n) someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult) "the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes" "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins"

5. (n) assistance in time of difficulty; "the contributions provided some relief for the victims"

6. (n) a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"

7. (n) a change for the better

8. (n) aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped; "he has been on relief for many years"

9. (n) the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance) "he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"

10. (n) sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background

11. (n) the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged; "he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta"

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