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Meaning of RESPITE

Pronunciation:  'respit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"
  2. [n]  the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
  3. [n]  an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
  4. [n]  a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
  5. [n]  a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
  6. [v]  grant a respite to
  7. [v]  postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution

RESPITE is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: abatement, break, hiatus, recess, relief, reprieve, reprieve, reprieve, reprieve, rest, rest period, suspension, time out
 See Also: break, break, breath, breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time, clemency, defer, defervescence, ease, hold over, intermission, interruption, interruption, mercifulness, mercy, pause, pause, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, relief, remission, remit, remittal, set back, shelve, subsidence, suspension, table



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.       --Shak.
    2. Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or
       operation; interval of rest; pause; delay. ``Without more
       respite.'' --Chaucer.
             Some pause and respite only I require. --Denham.
    3. (Law)
       (a) Temporary suspension of the execution of a capital
           offender; reprieve.
       (b) The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury
           beyond the proper term.
    Syn: Pause; interval; stop; cessation; delay; postponement;
         stay; reprieve.
  2. \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:
    (a) To delay or postpone; to put off.
    (b) To keep back from execution; to reprieve.
              Forty days longer we do respite you. --Shak.
    (c) To relieve by a pause or interval of rest. ``To respite
        his day labor with repast.'' --Milton.