- a delay or cessation for a time, especially of anything distressing or trying; an interval of relief: to toil without respite.
- temporary suspension of the execution of a person condemned to death; reprieve.
verb (used with object), res·pit·ed, res·pit·ing.
- to relieve temporarily, especially from anything distressing or trying; give an interval of relief from.
- to grant delay in the carrying out of (a punishment, obligation, etc.).
- a pause from exertion; interval of rest
- a temporary delay
- a temporary stay of execution; reprieve
- (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.)).