reliefre‧lief /rɪˈliːf/ ●●○W2 noun1comfort [singular, uncountable]COMFORT/MAKE somebody FEEL BETTER a feeling of comfort when something frightening, worrying, or painful has ended or has not happened → relieveI felt a huge surge of relief and happiness.with reliefHe watched with relief as the girl nodded.in reliefHe laughed in relief.No one was hurt, and we all breathed a sigh of relief.it is a relief to see/have/know etc somethingI hate to say it, but it was a relief to have him out of the house.to somebody’s reliefTo my relief, they spoke English.what a relief/that’s a reliefThe doctor said it was just the flu. What a relief!2reduction of pain [uncountable]COMFORT/MAKE somebody FEEL BETTER when something reduces someone’s pain or unhappyfeelingsMarijuana can provide pain relief for some cancer patients.relief ofthe relief of sufferingrelief fromThe cool room provided relief from the terrible heat outdoors.3help [uncountable]HELP money, food, clothes etc given to people who are poor or hungrymoney raised for the relief effortdisaster/famine/flood etc relieffamine relief for victims of the drought4replacement [uncountable]REPLACE a person or group of people that replaces another one and does their work after they have finishedthe relief for the military guarda relief driver5decoration [countable, uncountable]AVCS a way of decoratingwood, stone etc with a shape or figure that is raisedabove the surface, or the decoration itself → bas reliefin relieffigures carved in relief6 →bring/throw something into relief7 →light/comic relief8money [uncountable] old-fashioned especially American EnglishPEWMONEY money given by the government to help people who are poor, old, unemployed etc syn welfareon relieffamilies on relief during the Depression9war [uncountable]PM formal the act of freeing a town when it has been surrounded by an enemyrelief ofthe relief of Mafeking10 →in relief →tax reliefCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: a feeling of comfort when something frightening, worrying, or painful has ended or has not happenedadjectivesa great/enormous/tremendous etc reliefIt was a great relief to him when she returned safely.a welcome reliefThe holiday was a welcome relief from the pressure of work. verbscome as a reliefThe court's decision came as a huge relief to Microsoft.feel reliefI felt nothing but relief when it was over.relief floods through somebody literaryWhen she heard he was still alive, relief flooded through her.phrasesa sense/feeling of reliefShe was filled with an overwhelming sense of relief.breathe/heave a sigh of reliefUnited fans breathed a huge sigh of relief as Drogba's shot was tipped over the bar. what a reliefWhat a relief to be able to say what I really feel!such a reliefIt's just such a relief to have found someone!COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 3: money, food, clothes etc given to people who are poor or hungryNOUN + reliefdisaster/emergency reliefOur objective is to provide food aid and emergency relief to developing countries. famine/flood reliefWe donated $1,000 to the American Red Cross for flood relief.relief + NOUNa relief agency/organizationRelief agencies reported that many of the refugees had arrived in a terrible condition.relief supplies/aidUS troops had helped distribute relief supplies to Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq.relief effortsIn areas severely affected by the earthquake, it is difficult to coordinate relief efforts. a relief operationUN officials accused the government of obstructing relief operations in the south of the country.a relief workerThe relief workers have to bring in clean drinking water by tanker.relief workThe charity raised over five million pounds for relief work.a relief convoy/flightA relief convoy of 10 trucks set off with food and medical supplies.