Noun relief has 11 senses
  1. relief, alleviation, assuagement - the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced; "as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief"
    --1 is a kind of comfort
  2. relief, ease - the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress); "he enjoyed his relief from responsibility"; "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"
    --2 is a kind of comfort, comfortableness
    --2 has particulars: reprieve, respite
  3. relief - (law) redress awarded by a court; "was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?"
    --3 is a kind of
    damages, amends, indemnity, indemnification, restitution, redress
  4. stand-in, substitute, relief, reliever, backup, backup man, fill-in - someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult); "the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes"; "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins"
    --4 is a kind of peer, equal, match, compeer
    --4 has particulars:
     locum tenens, locum; double, stunt man, stunt woman; surrogate, alternate, replacement
  5. relief, succor, succour, ministration - assistance in time of difficulty; "the contributions provided some relief for the victims"
    --5 is a kind of aid, assist, assistance, help
    --5 has particulars: consolation, comfort, solace; mercy
  6. respite, rest, relief, rest period - a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
    --6 is a kind of pause, intermission, break, interruption, suspension
    --6 has particulars:
     breath, breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time
  7. easing, moderation, relief - a change for the better
    --7 is a kind of change, alteration, modification
    --7 has particulars: disembarrassment; breath of fresh air
  8. relief - aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped; "he has been on relief for many years"
    --8 is a kind of
    social welfare, welfare
  9. easing, easement, alleviation, relief - the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance); "he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"
    --9 is a kind of decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down
    --9 has particulars:
     spasmolysis; detente; palliation; liberalization, liberalisation, relaxation
  10. relief, relievo, rilievo, embossment, sculptural relief - sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
    --10 is a kind of sculpture
    --10 has particulars:
     alto relievo, alto rilievo, high relief; bas relief, low relief, basso relievo, basso rilievo; mezzo-relievo, mezzo-rilievo, half-relief
  11. relief - the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged; "he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta"
    --11 is a kind of
    liberation, release, freeing