1. a delay or cessation for a time, especially 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.

verb (used with object), res·pit·ed, res·pit·ing.

  1. to relieve temporarily, especially from anything distressing or trying; give an interval of relief from.
  2. to grant delay in the carrying out of (a punishment, obligation, etc.).


  1. a pause from exertion; interval of rest
  2. a temporary delay
  3. a temporary stay of execution; reprieve


  1. (tr) to grant a respite to; reprieve

mid-13c., from Old French respit “delay, respect” (Modern French répit), from Latin respectus “consideration, recourse, regard” (see respect (n.)).

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