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

 re·spite /ˈrɛspət ||rɪˈspaɪt, ||ˈrɛsˌpaɪt/
 延期;緩刑;休息[期間]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Res·pite n.
 1. A putting off of that which was appointed; a postponement or delay.
    I crave but four day's respite.   --Shak.
 2. Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause; delay. “Without more respite.”
    Some pause and respite only I require.   --Denham.
 3. Law (a) Temporary suspension of the execution of a capital offender; reprieve. (b) The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term.
 Syn: -- Pause; interval; stop; cessation; delay; postponement; stay; reprieve.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Res·pite, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Respited; p. pr. & vb. n. Respiting.]  To give or grant a respite to. Specifically: (a) To delay or postpone; to put off. (b) To keep back from execution; to reprieve.
    Forty days longer we do respite you.   --Shak.
 (c) To relieve by a pause or interval of rest. “To respite his day labor with repast.”
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 respite
      n 1: a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort [syn: reprieve]
      2: a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute
         break"; "he took time out to recuperate" [syn: recess, break,
          time out]
      3: an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
         [syn: suspension, reprieve, hiatus, abatement]
      4: a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more
         when they take time for short rests" [syn: rest, relief,
          rest period]
      5: the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
         [syn: reprieve]
      v : postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an
          execution [syn: reprieve]