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
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." --Milton.