Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A usually short interval of rest or relief. See Synonyms at pause.
  • n. Law Temporary suspension of a death sentence; a reprieve.
  • transitive v. To delay; postpone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A brief interval of rest or relief.
  • n. A reprieve, especially from a sentence of death.
  • v. To delay or postpone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A putting off of that which was appointed; a postponement or delay.
  • n. Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause; delay.
  • n.
  • n. Temporary suspension of the execution of a capital offender; reprieve.
  • n. The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term.
  • transitive v. To delay or postpone; to put off.
  • transitive v. To keep back from execution; to reprieve.
  • transitive v. To relieve by a pause or interval of rest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To delay; postpone; adjourn.
  • To relieve for a time from the execution of a sentence or other punishment or penalty; reprieve.
  • To relieve by a pause or interval of rest.
  • To cease; forbear.
  • Synonyms See reprieve, n.
  • n. Respect; regard. See respect.
  • n. Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause.
  • n. A putting off or postponement of what was fixed; delay; forbearance; prolongation of time, as for the payment of a debt, beyond the fixed or legal time.
  • n. In law: A reprieve; temporary suspension of the execution of a capital offender. See reprieve.
  • n. The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pause from doing something (as work)
  • v. postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
  • n. a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
  • n. an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
  • n. the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
  • n. a pause for relaxation

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French respit, from Latin respectus, refuge, looking back; see respect.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman and Old French respit ("rest") (Wiktionary)

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