a feeling of comfort when something frightening, worrying, or painful has ended or has not happened [↪ relieve]:
I felt a huge surge of relief and happiness.
He watched with relief as the girl nodded.
He laughed in relief.
No one was hurt, and we all breathed a sigh of relief.
it is a relief to see/have/know etc something
I hate to say it, but it was a relief to have him out of the house.
to somebody's relief
To my relief, they spoke English.
what a relief/that's a relief
The doctor said it was just the flu. What a relief!
when something reduces someone's pain or unhappy feelings:
reduction of pain[uncountable]
Marijuana can provide pain relief for some cancer patients.
the relief of suffering
The cool room provided relief from the terrible heat outdoors.
money, food, clothes etc given to people who are poor or hungry:
money raised for the relief effort
disaster/famine/flood etc relief
famine relief for victims of the drought
a person or group of people that replaces another one and does their work after they have finished:
the relief for the military guard
a relief driver
a way of decorating wood, stone etc with a shape or figure that is raised above the surface, or the decoration itself [↪ bas relief]
decoration[uncountable and countable]AV
figures carved in relief
6 also stand out in relief
to make something very noticeable, or to be very noticeable
The tree stood out in stark relief against the snow.
The article throws into sharp relief the differences between the two theories.
a funny moment during a serious film, book, or situation:
a moment of comic relief
money given by the government to help people who are poor, old, unemployed etc [= welfare]
money[uncountable] old-fashioned especially American EnglishPEW
families on relief during the Depression
the act of freeing a town when it has been surrounded by an enemy
the relief of Mafeking
if you show a part of the Earth's surface in relief, you show the differences in height between different parts of it