1 removal of anxiety/pain
considerable, deep, enormous, great, huge, immense, intense, overwhelming, tremendous

The news of his appointment was received with a certain relief by most people.

short-lived, short-term, temporary

The drugs only provided temporary relief from the pain.

fast, immediate, instant
evident, obvious, palpable

She smiled with evident relief.

Their relief at the news was palpable.

blessed, much-needed, sweet, welcome

The injection gives complete pain relief.

symptom, symptomatic (both medical)

Your doctor can give you symptomatic relief, but there is no cure.


Exercise is good for stress relief.

bring (sb), give (sb), offer (sb), provide (sb with)

Morning brought no relief from the heat.

come as

The news came as a welcome relief to Bobby.


She sought relief in vodka.

find, get

He found relief from his fears in a world of fantasy.

experience, feel

I felt enormous relief when he walked through the door.


She could sense his relief when she said she wouldn't be leaving.


He believes that relief only comes from helping others with their suffering.

flood through sb, sweep over sb, wash over sb

Relief flooded through me as the plane landed safely.

valve (esp. AmE)

a pressure relief valve

in relief

She smiled in relief.

out of relief

He hugged her out of sheer relief.

to your relief

To my great relief, she didn't notice that anything was wrong.

with relief

He sighed with relief.

relief at

relief at not having been made a fool of

relief from

relief from hunger

relief to

The news was a huge relief to her.

a cry of relief, a sigh of relief, tears of relief

He breathed a sigh of relief.

a sense of relief, a wave of relief
2 food/money/medicine given to people in need
disaster, emergency
famine, flood, hurricane, tsunami

We need long-term solutions as well as short-term emergency relief.

give sb, provide (sb with), send (sb)

The organization provides emergency famine relief.


She said that the fighting has halted almost all relief work in the area.

effort, operation

There was a huge international relief effort to bring help to the stricken area.

package, programme/program

Congress has agreed an $11 million relief package for victims of the hurricane.

aid, supplies
agency, fund, organization
convoy, flight
3 reduction in the amount of tax, etc. you have to pay
debt, interest (BrE), tax

the abolition of mortgage interest relief

get, obtain, receive

You can get income tax relief for gifts to charity. (BrE)

be entitled to, qualify for
apply for, claim, seek (all esp. BrE)
be available

No tax relief is available in respect of this loss.

4 sth interesting that replaces sth boring
give (sb), provide (sb with)

The scene provided some comic relief for the audience.

for relief

The comical characters are brought into the story for a little light relief.

a moment of relief
5 way of decorating wood, stone, etc.

The scene has been carved in high relief.

bas, low
bronze, marble, plaster, etc.
classical, Greek, Roman, etc.
carve (sth) in
carving, sculpture
in relief

a sculpture in high relief

6 making sth noticeable
bold, sharp, stark
bring sth into, throw sth into (often figurative)

The proximity of the wealthy suburb to the squatter camp throws the plight of the squatters into even sharper relief.

stand out in

The snow-capped mountains stood out in sharp relief against the blue sky.

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  • relief — [ rəljɛf ] n. m. • 1050; de relever « enlever, relever », d apr. l a. forme tonique je relief I ♦ Vx Ce qu on enlève d une table servie. Mod., au plur. ⇒ reste. Les reliefs de la table. « des reliefs d ortolans » (La Fontaine). ♢ Fig. Les reliefs …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • relief — re‧lief [rɪˈliːf] noun 1. [uncountable] when a bad situation is reduced or stops for a time: • Any sign of relief from price pressures will be welcome news for the economy. 2. money, food, clothes etc given to people who are poor or hungry: • a… …   Financial and business terms

  • relief — re·lief n: redress, assistance, or protection given by law esp. from a court should state what relief the plaintiff seeks: as a: release from obligation or duty relief from judgment b: an order from a court granting a particular remedy (as return …   Law dictionary

  • relief — RELIÉF, reliefuri, s.n. 1. Configuraţie a suprafeţei terestre constituită din totalitatea neregularităţilor de forme pozitive sau negative considerate faţă de un plan de referinţă general sau local. 2. Ridicătură, proeminenţă pe o suprafaţă. ♢… …   Dicționar Român

  • relief — Relief. s. m. Bosse eminente en ouvrage de Poterie, de fonte ou de Sculpture. Relief entier ou haut relief, qui est de l épaisseur de toute la figure, demi relief, qui est moins que la moitié des images de relief entier. Ouvrage à demi relief, à… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • relief — Relief, m. acut. Descend du verbe Relever, composé de Re, qui signifie Derechef, et lever, car il se dit d une chose chute, de sorte que Relever est remettre en son estant une chose qui en est deschute. Et se prend Relief ores pour le benefice du …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Relief — Re*lief (r? l?f ), n. [OE. relef, F. relief, properly, a lifting up, a standing out. See {Relieve}, and cf. {Basrelief}, {Rilievi}.] 1. The act of relieving, or the state of being relieved; the removal, or partial removal, of any evil, or of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • relief — ► NOUN 1) a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress. 2) a cause of relief. 3) the action of relieving. 4) (usu. light relief) a temporary break in a generally tense or boring situation. 5) financial or… …   English terms dictionary

  • Relief — Sn Abbildung mit erhabener bzw. vertiefter Oberfläche per. Wortschatz fach. (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. relief m., eigentlich Hervorheben , zu frz. relever hochheben, aufheben , dieses aus l. relevāre, zu l. levāre heben, wegheben,… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • relief — [ri lēf′] n. [ME releef < OFr relief < relever: see RELIEVE] 1. a) an easing, as of pain, discomfort, or anxiety b) a lightening of a burden, as of taxation, oppression, etc. 2. anything that lessens tension or strain, or offers a pleasing… …   English World dictionary

  • Relief — (franz., spr. rölheff, ital. riliēvo), erhabene Arbeit, diejenige Gattung der Bildnerei, welche die Figuren aus einer Ebene oder vertieften Fläche, dem Grunde, erhaben heraustreten läßt. Das R. bildet eine Mittelgattung zwischen der eigentlichen… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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