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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 re·prieve /rɪˈpriv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·prieve v. t. [imp. &  p. p. Reprieved p. pr. & vb. n. Reprieving.]
 1. To delay the punishment of; to suspend the execution of sentence on; to give a respite to; to respite; as, to reprieve a criminal for thirty days.
    He reprieves the sinnner from time to time.   --Rogers.
 2. To relieve for a time, or temporarily.
    Company, thought it may reprieve a man from his melaneholy yet can not secure him from his conscience.   --South.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·prieve n.
 1. A temporary suspension of the execution of a sentence, especially of a sentence of death.
    The morning Sir John Hotham was to die, a reprieve was sent to suspend the execution for three days.
 2. Interval of ease or relief; respite.
 All that I ask is but a short reprieve,
 ll I forget to love, and learn to grieve.   --Denham.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort [syn: respite]
      2: an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
         [syn: suspension, respite, hiatus, abatement]
      3: a warrant granting postponement (usually to postpone the
         execution of the death sentence)
      4: the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
         [syn: respite]
      v 1: postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an
           execution [syn: respite]
      2: relieve temporarily