Definition of relieve
1a : to free from a burden : give aid or help tob : to set free from an obligation, condition, or restrictionc : to ease of a burden, wrong, or oppression by judicial or legislative interposition
3a : to release from a post, station, or dutyb : to take the place of will relieve the starting pitcher
4 : to remove or lessen the monotony of a park relieves the urban landscape
5a : to set off by contrastb : 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
relievableplay \-ˈlē-və-bəl\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of relieve from the Web
WESTON My character has this implantation of electrodes to relieve her of chronic, debilitating pain.
AP FRANKFORT, Ky. — Saying its time has come, state Sen. Morgan McGarvey on Wednesday called on the legislature to consider legalizing medical marijuana to relieve pain and suffering of terminally ill people.
Two men knifed and robbed a man who had stopped at Morley Field in Balboa Park to relieve himself early Tuesday.
But free-speech advocates will be relieved by two other rulings handed down today.
Last year, Winstel’s father had a medical device implanted in his spine to relieve pain from spinal stenosis — an outpatient procedure.
The immigration wave from Ukraine helped contain a revival in inflation and relieved a labor market stretched by record-low unemployment.
The U.S. Army is researching an anesthetic injection called a stellate ganglion block that could relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Mariners right-hander Emilio Pagan relieved Paxton and was brilliant over four innings.
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Synonym Discussion of relieve
RELIEVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of relieve for English Language Learners
: 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.)
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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