• (RP) IPA: /ˈɹɛˌspaɪt/, IPA: /ˈɹɛspɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɹɛspɪt/


  1. A brief interval of rest or relief.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “Measvre for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene ii]:
      I crave but four day's respite.
  2. (legal) A reprieve, especially from a sentence of death.
  3. (legal) The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Russian: отсро́чка
  • Russian: отсро́чка

respite (respites, present participle respiting; past and past participle respited)

  1. (transitive) To delay or postpone (an event).
  2. (transitive) To allow (a person) extra time to fulfil some obligation.

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