re·liev·er | \ri-ˈlē-vər \

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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What the Cubs need are relievers who don’t give opposing bullpens the opportunity to dance. Steve Rosenbloom,, "Cubs need to make a trade for a reliever, maybe two, maybe three, maybe . . .," 25 June 2018 However, both Iglesias and Garrett are shutdown relievers and putting them in front of Allen and Miller would put the Indians in prime position. Dave Clark,, "Jim Bowden: Indians should trade for Reds pitchers Raisel Iglesias, Amir Garrett," 19 June 2018 Guduan and Tony Sipp are now the only two lefthanded relievers inside the Astros' bullpen. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros send Joe Smith to disabled list, Guduan recalled," 10 June 2018 The most notable is current St. Louis Cardinals reliever Luke Gregerson, who saved 16 games at St. Xavier. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Disabato: Erik Eggert enters a league of his own as the closer for the St. Xavier baseball team," 17 Apr. 2018 DeSantis isn't the only USA reliever who is off to an excellent start this season. Creg Stephenson,, "Nick DeSantis back to lead South Alabama bullpen after 'amazing' return from Tommy John surgery," 16 Mar. 2018 Then in the eighth, reliever Mychal Givens whipped a pitch to second to pick off Isiah Kiner-Falefa, eliminating a runner in scoring position. Katherine Fominykh,, "Orioles ride rookie Yefry Ramírez to beat error-riddled Rangers, 1-0," 15 July 2018 Francona saw Allen as his wild card, in part because the club already had established late-inning relievers but also because Allen was a pitcher who could work in multiple roles and thrive in pressure situations. Roy Parry,, "Boone High alum Cody Allen sets Cleveland Indians' career saves mark," 13 July 2018 With the go-ahead run on second base with two outs, reliever Jorge Lopez stepped in. Matthew Defranks,, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 5, Milwaukee Brewers 4 (12 innings)," 12 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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