Simple Definition of relieve
: to reduce or remove (something, such as pain or an unpleasant feeling)
: to make (a problem) less serious
: to take the place of (someone who has been working, fighting, etc.)
Full Definition of relieve
1 a : to free from a burden : give aid or help to b : to set free from an obligation, condition, or restriction c : to ease of a burden, wrong, or oppression by judicial or legislative interposition
3 a : to release from a post, station, or duty b : to take the place of <will relieve the starting pitcher>
4 : to remove or lessen the monotony of <a park relieves the urban landscape>
5 a : to set off by contrast b : to raise in relief
6 : to discharge the bladder or bowels of (oneself)
1 : to bring or give relief
2 : to stand out in relief
Examples of relieve in a sentence
I took a pill to relieve my headache.
I wish I could relieve your suffering.
What's the best way to relieve stress?
She tried to relieve the tension by making a joke.
an effort to relieve traffic congestion
We need to find ways to relieve overcrowding in our schools.
I've come to relieve the guard on duty.
The soldiers were relieved by 30,000 fresh troops.
Origin of relieve
Middle English releven, from Anglo-French relever to raise, relieve, from Latin relevare, from re- + levare to raise — more at lever
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of relieve
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RELIEVE Defined for Kids
Definition of relieve for Students
1 : to free partly or wholly from a burden, pain, or distress <The phone call relieved the worried parents.>
2 : to bring about the removal or lessening of <No words could relieve her sorrow.>
3 : to release from a post or duty <relieve a sentry>
4 : to break the sameness of <The dark red house was relieved by white trim.>
Medical Definition of relieve
1: to bring about the removal or alleviation of (pain or discomfort)
2: to discharge the bladder or bowels of (oneself)
Legal Definition of relieve
: to set free from a duty, burden, or liability <cannot be relieved of his negligence> <the trust cannot relieve the trustees of those very basic duties that the law imposes — Hosey v. Burgess, 890 S.W.2d 262 (1995)>
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