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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
respite care
▪ Nearby, the remainder of the squadron was stirring after a brief respite in a busy twenty-four period.
▪ It is a brief respite: the squad is soon returned to the valley where they are ordered to attack Hill 937.
▪ The mess sergeant arrived with a brief respite: Captain Apgood was at the back door.
▪ Follow this to a brief respite and winding shed.
▪ There have only been brief respites.
▪ The brief respite before the pests could fight back reflects the wait for a mutation.
▪ However, after a brief respite at Ossett everyone agreed to continue.
▪ Then he, too, requires a brief respite from corporeal entombment.
▪ What is heroin anyway, but a dark shadow, a temporary respite, smoked between one and a few hundred times?
▪ But this proved to be a temporary respite, and by 1921 registered unemployment was over 2 million.
▪ It had been a welcome respite in a cruel and anguished time.
▪ The tent is air-conditioned, making it a welcome respite on the hottest days.
▪ Intragroup rituals build cohesiveness, offer a welcome respite from long hours and high pressure, and imbue the enterprise with meaning.
▪ For most people at Cu Chi, the traditional Tet truce was anticipated as a welcome respite.
▪ Fighting back seasickness, Jeff Whitworth, an ex-Marine, got a welcome respite.
▪ This has worked well for both permanent and respite care.
▪ Any possibility of further reductions in respite care should be strenuously resisted.
▪ Coupled with the financial implications if carers decided they could no longer shoulder this burden the case for supporting respite care becomes overwhelming.
▪ Some proposals include provision of a day centre and respite care.
▪ It briefly outlines activities such as helplines, respite care services and consultation on community care proposals.
▪ A private care home in my constituency accepted an elderly lady for respite care.
▪ It is also developing a respite care service.
▪ A carers group might help, but what about some form of respite care for both the carer and the son?
▪ Counselling, information and advice giving, respite from caring on a regular basis can all help.
▪ This had the advantage of giving a Christmas respite of six weeks.
▪ From then on all Schumacher had to do was keep cool, but Hakkinen gave him no respite.
▪ They slowed to give themselves a respite but realized in the succeeding moment that they had run into a dead end.
▪ Calcavecchia was again first out in the afternoon and he gave poor Meshiai no respite, scoring 66 to a 73.
▪ Particularly away to Stuttgart when Leeds were desperate for some one to hold on to the ball to give the defence some respite.
▪ Intragroup rituals build cohesiveness, offer a welcome respite from long hours and high pressure, and imbue the enterprise with meaning.
▪ At Macy's Plaza, a pianist gracefully serenades shoppers and a fountain offers a soothing respite from the pounding sidewalks outside.
▪ It was the latter that was to provide a respite as the Prussians paused in their advance to loot.
▪ He can also take over the parenting role and provide her with respite from the rigours of what is a twenty-four-hour-a-day job.
▪ The boat trip should have provided some respite but it is difficult to see how.
▪ Some mothers regard work as a welcome respite from the stress of looking after a home and children.
▪ The citizens had only a few days' respite from the conflict, before the shelling began again.
▪ The drug can only provide a brief respite in the pain.
▪ The noise went on all night, without a single moment's respite.
▪ Weathermen yesterday warned that there would be no respite from the gales.
▪ And now the archers were shooting at will, selecting their targets where they best offered, without haste and without respite.
▪ But the success brought only a short respite.
▪ For the Dwarfs it was a much needed respite.
▪ For the next five days we had no respite.
▪ He obtained from them a respite.
▪ There was no respite from them, nowhere to hide from them.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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:

  1. To delay or postpone; to put off.

  2. To keep back from execution; to reprieve.

    Forty days longer we do respite you.

  3. To relieve by a pause or interval of rest. ``To respite his day labor with repast.''


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.

    I crave but four day's respite.

  2. Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause; delay. ``Without more respite.''

    Some pause and respite only I require.

  3. (Law)

    1. Temporary suspension of the execution of a capital offender; reprieve.

    2. The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term.

      Syn: Pause; interval; stop; cessation; delay; postponement; stay; reprieve.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-13c., from Old French respit "delay, respect" (Modern French répit), from Latin respectus "consideration, recourse, regard" (see respect (n.)).


n. A brief interval of rest or relief. vb. (context transitive English) To delay or postpone.

  1. n. a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort [syn: reprieve]

  2. a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate" [syn: recess, break, time out]

  3. an interruption in the intensity or amount of something [syn: suspension, reprieve, hiatus, abatement]

  4. a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests" [syn: rest, relief, rest period]

  5. the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment [syn: reprieve]

  6. v. postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution [syn: reprieve]

Respite (law)

A respite is a delay in the imposition of sentence but in no way modifies a sentence or addresses questions of due process, guilt or innocence.


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 stress
  • Respite (meaning),

without a break

Usage examples of "respite".

The People of Haleth dwelt yet in watchful peace in the Forest of Brethil, and behind their guard the Kingdom of Nargothrond had respite, and mustered its strength.

John was likely to do, but the fact remains that poor Margari on this occasion got no respite from his labours.

I still sat upon the bed, holding in my hand the moly that had given me respite from the curse, wondering how much longer the respite might last.

Piso did his best at first to embarrass him by legal obstructionism, but when Germanicus kept his patience and continued the hearing of the cases without any respite for meals or siestas, he gave up that policy and excused himself from attendance altogether on the grounds of ill-health.

Tarpy to Patrel as the Warrows slogged through the snow, now calf-deep, leading the ponies and giving the animals a respite.

Then the pressoreceptor reflex, a sympathetic reflex triggered by diminished arterial pressure, cut in, and in89 90LarrV Niven and Steven Barnes creased the efficacy of the unaffected heart muscle, giving Stonecypher respite from the immediate agony.

The leisurely lectures in the Dayroom and the practical work of field- and detail-stripping and assembling the various pieces on the chilly porches with the sound of rain outside were things he liked, and since they were conducted by a single officer or noncom for the Company as a whole, they gave him respite from the vengeful eye of Old Ike Galovitch who seemed bent on protecting the honour of the Great God Holmes, ever since he first found out that Prew had refused to fight.

Below as well as aloft, the reinvigorated crew was making final preparations for departure, as much rejuvenated by the respite from sailing and rough weather as was their ship.

Unless we take all this into consideration, unless we use the present moment to our common interest, it may happen that the Germans, after having a respite, which will enable them to remuster their forces, may once more recover their strength.

Assailed without respite, Scapula gathered his legions as a hen gathers her chicks and retreated step by bloodied step towards the safety of the fortress at Camulodunum.

If the men looked for respite as they sailed down the north shore of the Isle of Sheppey, past all those settled and silent ships of the line, they were disappointed.

A rotation system had been worked out to give her crew respite from the smell of animal dung and endless transing in space.

The coolness of early morning had been the only respite, and as the day grew hotter and more sultry, it was necessary to remain alert lest an uncautious moment destroy the best of plans.

She was trying to visualise that which Chauvelin had put before her: a man harassed day and night, unceasingly, unremittingly, with one question allowed neither respite nor sleep--his brain, soul, and body fagged out at every hour, every moment of the day and night, until mind and body and soul must inevitably give way under anguish ten thousand times more unendurable than any physical torment invented by monsters in barbaric times.

I was sick of life before my crystallization, and even Vist in his wisdom could not provide more than a temporary respite from weariness.