- n a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
- n a pause from doing something (as work)
- n an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
- n a pause for relaxation
- n the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
- v postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
- There was no respite for the hapless defence as the forwards of the rival team carried out waves after waves of attack in the penalty area.
- The long hard-fought Presidential campaigns were marked by vast stretches of downtime, like this moment of respite enjoyed by Cindy McCain in a hotel room in Dallas, Texas.
- Whatever respite Hazelwood may have enjoyed as the story faded from the front pages probably ended last week, when the crippled Exxon Valdez, on its way for repairs, caused an 18 .
- Frances Fragos Townsend in Forbes
In her handwritten resignation letter to Bush, Townsend wrote, "It is with a profound sense of gratitude that I have decided to take a respite from public service."
- Teri Hatcher in Post Chronicle
Talking about GetHatched.com, the 45-year-old actress previously said: "I just want to create a go-to respite for women where they can find a shoulder to lean on. I hope what you get from it is a sense of honesty, candidness and the understanding...
- Mark Hughes in Sportinglife.com
Hughes added: "There will be changes against PSG. We will look to use the squad as we need to give a respite to some key players."