(1)   The act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)
"He asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"
(2)   The act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged
"He asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta"
(3)   Aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped
"He has been on relief for many years"
(4)   Assistance in time of difficulty
"The contributions provided some relief for the victims"
(5)   Sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
(6)   A change for the better
(7)   The feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced
"As he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief"
(8)   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"
(9)   (law) redress awarded by a court
"Was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?"
(10)   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"
(11)   A pause for relaxation
"People actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"


  1. the removal of stress or discomfort
  2. the feeling associated with the removal of stress or discomfort
  3. something that relieves
  4. the person who takes over a shift for another
    Officer Schmidt can finally go home because his relief has arrived.
  5. aid or assistance offered in time of need
  6. court-ordered compensation, aid, or protection, a redress
  7. tax savings.
  8. a type of artwork in which shapes or figures protrude from a flat background
  9. the difference made noticeable by a variation in light or color
  10. the different elevations of the earth's surface