relief ( reliefs plural )
1 n-uncount If you feel a sense of relief, you feel happy because something unpleasant has not happened or is no longer happening.
also a N
I breathed a sigh of relief..., The news will come as a great relief to the French authorities...
2 n-uncount If something provides relieffrom pain or distress, it stops the pain or distress.
oft N from n
...a self-help programme which can give lasting relief from the torment of hay fever.
3 n-uncount Relief is money, food, or clothing that is provided for people who are very poor, or who have been affected by war or a natural disaster.
oft N n, n N
Relief agencies are stepping up efforts to provide food, shelter and agricultural equipment.
4 n-count A relief worker is someone who does your work when you go home, or who is employed to do it instead of you when you are sick.
usu N n
No relief drivers were available.
bas-relief ( bas-reliefs plural )
1 n-uncount Bas-relief is a technique of sculpture in which shapes are carved so that they stand out from the background.
...a classic white bas-relief design.
2 n-count A bas-relief is a sculpture carved on a surface so that it stands out from the background.
...columns decorated with bas-reliefs.
Tax relief is a reduction in the amount of tax that a person or company has to pay, for example because of expenses associated with their business or property. n-uncount
...mortgage interest tax relief.
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