—n. 1. a delay or cessation for a time, esp. of anything distressing or trying; an interval of relief: to toil without respite. 2. temporary suspension of the execution of a person condemned to death; reprieve.
—v.t. 1. to relieve temporarily, esp. from anything distressing or trying; give an interval of relief from. 2. to grant delay in the carrying out of (a punishment, obligation, etc.).