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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In the consumer-product division, J&J posted improved sales of over-the-counter drugs including the Tylenol pain reliever and Zyrtec allergy medicine. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "Prescription Drugs Power Johnson & Johnson Results," 16 Oct. 2018 With Anthony Swarzak unlikely to be ready for opening day and plenty of young, unproven pitchers in camp, Seattle could pick up one or two relievers that are available as added depth in their system. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners still looking to add another right-handed hitting catcher," 20 Feb. 2019 But the clinical studies that have been done compare it with a placebo, not even a pain reliever like ibuprofen. Peter B. Bach, WSJ, "If Weed Is Medicine, So Is Budweiser," 17 Jan. 2019 Luckily, your eyes should heal on their own if this happens to you, although self-care methods like putting a cold washcloth over your eyes and taking pain relievers may help in the meantime, the Cleveland Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Entirely Preventable Eye Injuries Doctors See Way Too Often," 1 Nov. 2018 No surprise here, but taking a pain reliever can, um, relieve pain. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "8 Ways to Make Your Cramps Suck Less," 6 Sep. 2018 Acquired from Nationals last summer in Sean Doolittle deal, A’s closer led all relievers with 0.98 ERA in 36 appearances. Paul Sullivan,, "Clubhouse policeman Bud Norris creating latest controversy in St. Louis," 14 July 2018 Jack Dickey: Cleveland badly needs relievers, but the Brewers' need for another starter or two is the most glaring of any around the league. Staff,, "Midseason Roundtable: The SI Staff Makes Some Second-Half Predictions," 11 July 2018 More: Francona: Indians' bullpen phone miscommunication leaves Joey Votto facing wrong relieverThe result was a game-winning three-run double by left-handed hitting Joey Votto off Otero. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Lucky? Good? These Cincinnati Reds are probably both.," 11 July 2018

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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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