relieve of

phrasal verb
relieved of; relieving of; relieves of

Definition of relieve of

1 formal : to take (something that is difficult or unpleasant) from (someone) She signed a contract that relieved him of all responsibility regarding the business. The law relieves you of any liability.
2 informal + humorous : to steal (something) from (someone) Someone relieved him of his wallet.
3 : to remove (someone who has done something wrong) from (a post, duty, job, etc.) The general was relieved of his command.

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“Relieve of.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relieve%20of. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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