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Definition 1: aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped - [noun denoting act]

Samples where relief or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he has been on relief for many years

(relief is a kind of ...) governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need

"she lives on welfare"

Definition 2: the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where relief or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain

Synonyms for relief in the sense of this definition

(relief is a kind of ...) the act of decreasing or reducing something

(... is a kind of relief ) the relaxation or relief of muscle spasms

(... is a kind of relief ) the easing of tensions or strained relations (especially between nations)

(... is a kind of relief ) easing the severity of a pain or a disease without removing the cause

(... is a kind of relief ) the act of making less strict

(... is a kind of relief ) relieving pressure (especially bringing a compressed person gradually back to atmospheric pressure)

Definition 3: assistance in time of difficulty - [noun denoting act]

Samples where relief or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the contributions provided some relief for the victims

Synonyms for relief in the sense of this definition

(relief is a kind of ...) the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

"he gave me an assist with the housework" "could not walk without assistance" "rescue party went to their aid" "offered his help in unloading"

(... is a kind of relief ) the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction

"his presence was a consolation to her"

(... is a kind of relief ) alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed

"distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy"

Definition 4: the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged - [noun denoting act]

Samples where relief or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta

(relief is a kind of ...) the act of liberating someone or something

Definition 5: sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for relief in the sense of this definition

(relief is a kind of ...) a three-dimensional work of plastic art

(... is a kind of relief ) a sculptural relief in which forms extend out from the background to at least half their depth

(... is a kind of relief ) a sculptural relief in which forms extend only slightly from the background; no figures are undercut

(... is a kind of relief ) a sculptural relief between low relief and high relief

Definition 6: a change for the better - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for relief in the sense of this definition

(relief is a kind of ...) an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

"the change was intended to increase sales" "this storm is certainly a change for the worse" "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"

(... is a kind of relief ) something that extricates you from embarrassment

(... is a kind of relief ) a welcome relief

"the new management was like a breath of fresh air"

Definition 7: the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where relief or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief

Synonyms for relief in the sense of this definition

(relief is a kind of ...) a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment

Definition 8: someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult) - [noun denoting person]

Samples where relief or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes
  • we need extra employees for summer fill-ins

Synonyms for relief in the sense of this definition

(relief is a kind of ...) a person who is of equal standing with another in a group

(... is a kind of relief ) someone (physician or clergyman) who substitutes temporarily for another member of the same profession

(... is a kind of relief ) a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts

"his first job in Hollywood was as a double for Clark Gable"

(... is a kind of relief ) someone who takes the place of another person

Definition 9: (law) redress awarded by a court - [noun denoting possession]

Samples where relief or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?

(relief is a kind of ...) a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury

(relief belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 10: the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress) - [noun denoting state]

Samples where relief or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he enjoyed his relief from responsibility
  • getting it off his conscience gave him some ease

Synonyms for relief in the sense of this definition

(relief is a kind of ...) a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain

"he is a man who enjoys his comfort" "she longed for the comfortableness of her armchair"

(... is a kind of relief ) a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort

Definition 11: a pause for relaxation - [noun denoting time]

Samples where relief or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests

Synonyms for relief in the sense of this definition

(relief is a kind of ...) a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

(... is a kind of relief ) a short respite

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