re·​liev·​er | \ ri-ˈlē-vər How to pronounce reliever (audio) \

Definition of reliever

: one that relieves especially : relief pitcher

Examples of reliever in a Sentence

pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen Exercise is a good stress reliever.
Recent Examples on the Web Bringing in a reliever behind in the count isn’t something every manager would do, but Pilots head coach Dave Serrano said a combination of factors led to the decision. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Aug. 2022 With Hader likely gone after the 2023 season as a free agent, some fans like that the Brewers got something in return for him, including a ready-now high-leverage reliever in Rogers and a high-ceiling prospect in Ruiz. Curt Hogg, Journal Sentinel, 2 Aug. 2022 The World Series champion Atlanta Braves bolstered their starting staff ahead of the trade deadline Tuesday by giving up a reliever who played a big part in their 2021 title. Paul Newberry, Chron, 2 Aug. 2022 The Orioles reliever had thrown three straight elevated fastballs to Cincinnati Reds first baseman Brandon Drury, so ahead in the count, Bautista tried to change eye levels. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 31 July 2022 In his place, the Diamondbacks selected the contract of right-hander Chris Devenski, marking a return to the majors for the veteran reliever after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2021. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 26 July 2022 The Tigers added Alexander, who began the year in the rotation before becoming a multi-inning reliever after an IL stint of his own, to the rotation as Pineda's replacement for Thursday's game in Toronto. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 24 July 2022 At the deadline: With Luis Severino injured and the bullpen showing signs of weariness, the Yankees could use a starter or reliever. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 20 July 2022 In the top of the seventh, right-handed reliever Phil Bickford gave up a solo home run to Evan Longoria, then yielded a walk and a single before recording an out. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reliever

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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9 Aug 2022

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“Reliever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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