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American English: /rəˈlif/
British English: /rɪˈliːf/

Translation of relief in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable (from worry, pain) a sigh/feeling of relief
    un suspiro/una sensación de alivio
    what a relief!
    ¡qué alivio!
    to my great relief, she forgot all about it
    para mi gran alivio, se olvidó completamente del asunto
    the concert had not sold out, much to my relief
    por suerte todavía quedaban entradas para el concierto
    it's a relief that the rain's stopped/to sit down at last
    menos mal que ha parado de llover/que al fin puedo sentarme
    the news came as a great relief to us
    respiramos aliviados or tranquilos al oír la noticia
    it will be a relief for your parents
    tus padres se quedarán tranquilos
    será un alivio or una tranquilidad para tus padres
    he provides comic relief in a gloomy movie
    relaja la tensión con una nota cómica en una película bastante pesimista
    I went to the movies for light relief
    fui al cine para distraerme
    I wanted some relief from the daily routine
    quería escapar un poco de la rutina diaria
    to give relief from pain
    calmar or aliviar el dolor
    Example sentences
    • There were so many feelings in this room: happiness, relief, anxiety, anger and pain.
    • Like a patient leaving the hospital, she stepped out of the house on 11 Bandfield Street and gazed at the street with a blend of relief and anxiety.
    • I almost screamed into the phone out of excitement, relief, anticipation, anxiety, and every other unsure feeling.
    Example sentences
    • When other therapies fail to provide relief from the pain of a damaged hip, hip replacement may be the answer.
    • Thus, the clinician's goal is to promote relief from pain and promote functional recovery.
    • Is there a treatment that can bring relief from the pain and muscle stiffness?
  • 2 uncountable (aid) famine relief
    ayuda para paliar la hambruna
    to be on relief (US)
    recibir prestaciones de la seguridad social
    (before noun) relief agency/fund
    (organismo/fondo de ayuda a los damnificados de una catástrofe)
    relief effort
    gestión de ayuda
    relief organization
    organización (feminine) de socorro
    relief work
    trabajo (masculine) de socorro
    relief worker
    miembro (masculine) del equipo de socorro
  • 3 countable 3.1 (Military)
    liberación (feminine) (de una plaza sitiada)
    Example sentences
    • They also were significant in limited tactical actions close to the shore such as the prosecution or relief of sieges.
    • So, in the summer of 1139, while Zengi was laying siege to Damascus, a Christian army marched to its relief.
    • In 1646, on the anniversary of the relief of Taunton from siege, George Newton, the minister, looked around him and described it in a sermon.
    3.2 (replacement)
    (before noun) (driver/crew)
    de relevo
    Example sentences
    • The first day I worked in the OR, a relief nurse came to give me a break, and I began to look forward to the morning socialization and a cup of coffee.
    • Once we had this physics lesson with a relief teacher because our normal teacher was off sick and Andy pretended to be deaf.
    • The question remains whether the carnage that was wrought from the air and by the relief columns was strictly necessary.
  • 5 5.1 uncountable (effect) carved in high/low relief
    tallado en alto/bajo relieve
    to stand out in relief to bring or throw something into relief
    poner algo de relieve
    Example sentences
    • The focus now is completely on getting relief and assistance into these devastated areas.
    • It has assisted with disaster relief in Central Asia, the Caucasus, Lebanon, and the Persian Gulf region.
    • The services help the Corps build dams, waterways, roads and other national infrastructure, as well as assist in disaster relief.
    5.2 countable (piece of work)
    Example sentences
    • Sculpture is generally classified into three major categories: intaglio, reliefs and sculpture in the round.
    • The arch was inset with sculptural reliefs depicting the campaigns of the French armies in Italy, while in front and behind it there stood figures of Liberty and Triumph on circular podia.
    • Although technically sculptural reliefs, these works speak to a number of painting's traditional formal concerns.
    5.3 uncountable (Geography)
    Example sentences
    • It took one computer artist a full year to paint terrain relief on every plate.
    • Furthermore, in choosing the forward edge, it is important to take into account terrain relief, the type of soil, and the depth of the snow cover.
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