1. the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced

- as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief

Similar word(s): alleviation, assuagement

Definition categories: feeling, comfort

2. the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)

- he enjoyed his relief from responsibility

Similar word(s): ease

Definition categories: state, comfort, comfortableness

3. (law) redress awarded by a court

- was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?

Definition categories: possession, amends, damages, indemnification, indemnity, redress, restitution

4. someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)

Similar word(s): backup, reliever, substitute

Definition categories: person, compeer, equal, match, peer

5. assistance in time of difficulty

- the contributions provided some relief for the victims

Similar word(s): ministration, succor, succour

Definition categories: act, aid, assist, assistance, help

6. a pause for relaxation

Similar word(s): respite, rest

Definition categories: time, break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension

7. a change for the better

Similar word(s): easing, moderation

Definition categories: event, alteration, change, modification

8. aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped

- he has been on relief for many years

Definition categories: act, welfare

9. the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)

- he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain

Similar word(s): alleviation, easement, easing

Definition categories: act, decrease, diminution, reduction

10. sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background

Similar word(s): embossment, relievo, rilievo

Definition categories: man–made, sculpture

11. the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged

- he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta

Definition categories: act, freeing, liberation, release

Sentences with relief as a noun:

- I sighed with relief when I found out that my daughter hadn't got lost, but was waiting for me at home.

- Officer Schmidt can finally go home because his relief has arrived.

- the relief on that part of the Earth's surface