Learner's definition of RELIEF
1 : a pleasant and relaxed feeling that someone has when something unpleasant stops or does not happen
I felt such a sense of relief after I finished my thesis.
He expressed relief that the crisis was finally over.
Much to everyone's relief, the airplane took off without any problems.
She breathed a sigh of relief. [=she no longer felt tension, worry, fear, etc.]
2 [noncount] : the removal or reducing of something that is painful or unpleasant
I want relief from my headaches. [=I want my headaches to stop]
Exercise is an excellent source of stress relief.
Both candidates promised tax relief for middle-class families.
3 a : things (such as food, money, or medicine) that are given to help people who are victims of a war, earthquake, flood, etc.
b chiefly US, old-fashioned : money that is given by the government to poor people
Countries from around the world have been sending relief to the flood victims.
Relief workers [=people whose job it is to provide aid] delivered medical supplies.
We donated to the relief effort for the hurricane victims.
4 [noncount] : a person or group that replaces another person or group that needs rest or has finished a period of work— often used before another noun 5 : something that is enjoyable and that replaces for a short time something that is boring, unpleasant, or difficult
6 a [noncount] : a way of decorating wood, stone, metal, etc., with designs that stick out above the surface b [count] : a work of art with designs that stick out above the surface 7 [noncount] : a situation in which something is more noticeable when it is compared to something else