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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Respite \Res"pite\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Respited; p. pr. & vb. n. Respiting.] [OF. respiter, LL. respectare. See Respite, n.] To give or grant a respite to. Specifically: (a) To delay or postpone; to put off. (b) To keep back from execution; to reprieve. [1913 Webster] Forty days longer we do respite you. --Shak. [1913 Webster] (c) To relieve by a pause or interval of rest. "To respite his day labor with repast." --Milton. [1913 Webster]