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Synonyms: Noun

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Noun I felt such a sense of relief after I finished my thesis. He expressed relief that the crisis was finally over. Much to everyone"s relief, the airplane took off without any problems. What a relief it is to be back home. Exercise is an excellent source of stress relief. Both candidates promised tax relief for middle-class families. Countries from around the world have been sending relief to the flood victims. We donated to the relief effort for the hurricane victims. My father lost his job and we had to go on relief.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With Cox’s grocery credit, 62% of the $160 million in tax relief would go to the bottom half of the income scale. — Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Jan. 2022 The city has approved $174 million in relief to more than 56,800 households as of Jan. 19. — Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Jan. 2022 Alabama’s school leaders have submitted their plans for spending nearly $2 billion in federal COVID relief. — al, 28 Jan. 2022 The turnaround came after the federal government provided trillions of dollars in COVID-19 relief. — Harold Maass, The Week, 28 Jan. 2022 Mass transit had already received $70 billion in pandemic relief. — The Editorial Board, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 Districts and states are tapping into their shares of about $190 billion in federal COVID-19 relief for K-12 education to try to fix some of the short- and long-term challenges. — Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Jan. 2022 In Virginia, Governor Glenn Youngkin has already proposed billions of dollars in income tax relief. — Patrick Gleason, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 After making the shot, Booker, who shot 5-for-23 and had 11 points, raised his hand to the sky in relief. — James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The anti-relief faction, with its sudden warnings about deficits, is eager to revive the Tea Party spirit, and its would-be leaders are ur-Tea Partyers like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. — Ross Douthat New York Times, Star Tribune, 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of relief


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for relief


Middle English relef, relief, from Anglo-French, from relever to relieve

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The first known use of relief was in the 14th century

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