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.

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Four of the relievers have not been used this month. Kevin Acee, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Outfield competition wide open; Tatis wants to play winter ball; full pen," 7 Sep. 2019 But the pitching staff outside of Jose Berrios doesn’t appear ready for prime time, nor does the collection of relievers led by closer Taylor Rogers. Michael Shapiro,, "World Series Power Rankings: Which Division Leader Should Be the Title Favorite?," 3 Sep. 2019 The Milwaukee Brewers added to their cadre of relievers Tuesday, although their latest addition isn't expected to factor into the team's attempted push for the postseason. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Back from Brewers' 'pitching lab,' Corbin Burnes thinks he's finally turned the corner," 3 Sep. 2019 Yordan Álvarez crushed two home runs against the carousel of relievers who followed — including a solo shot against Brousseau in the seventh. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros demolish Rays, 15-1," 28 Aug. 2019 But the Dodgers failed to score again as Mark Melancon, one of the three relievers the Braves acquired at the trade deadline, pitched the ninth inning for the save. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers lose pitcher Julio Urias to 20-game suspension, then drop game to the Braves," 17 Aug. 2019 But in moving Greene – who was considered one of the best relievers on the market – the Tigers shot for the stars and missed. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "MLB front offices expose Detroit Tigers' trade deadline mistakes," 4 Aug. 2019 For Miami, the most likely trade candidates are reliever Sergio Romo, infielder Neil Walker and second baseman Starlin Castro, who are all on expiring contracts. Wells Dusenbury,, "Marlins mailbag: Trade deadline moves, Caleb Smith’s future, where will JJ Bleday finish the season?," 24 July 2019 In addition, eBay also is launching the x Mariano Rivera Collection, featuring one of the best relievers in MLB history. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "EBay, Mariano Rivera team up for 42 exclusive items of baseball history," 13 June 2019

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of reliever

: something that relieves pain, stress, etc.

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