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 Suárez occasionally hits third to deter opposing teams from using a lefty reliever with the three-batter minimum rule against the top of the lineup. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "How concerned should the Cincinnati Reds be about Eugenio Suárez's slump?," 26 Apr. 2021 Because of Arihara’s short start and the fact that three relievers threw at least 30 pitches, the Rangers could find themselves in need of another reliever on Monday. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rangers P Kohei Arihara lacked effectiveness in loss to White Sox, but possible pitch-tipping is a bigger concern," 25 Apr. 2021 The Twins will promote another player, presumably a reliever, on Sunday. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Devin Smeltzer impresses in Twins season debut, gets demoted as a result," 24 Apr. 2021 While Kenley Jansen, a reliever for the Los Angeles Dodgers, began the 2017 season with 51 strikeouts and no walks, Burnes is already second on the overall list before his next start, which is scheduled for Monday against the Miami Marlins. New York Times, "In a Season of Strikeouts, Burnes and Bieber Are on Another Level," 21 Apr. 2021 Hamelin’s detailed report and recommendation helped the Sox hit the jackpot with this long reliever., "Checking in on the Yankees’ horrible start, and other thoughts," 18 Apr. 2021 Then in the top of the ninth, with the Dodgers holding a commanding 10-3 lead, Cody Bellinger got clipped on the left ankle by A’s reliever Reymin Guduan while lunging for the first base bag on an infield single to first base. Mike Digiovanna Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Dustin May stellar in Dodgers’ win over A’s," 5 Apr. 2021 In the sixth, Hyde was forced to bring in a reliever with the bases loaded for the second time in as many innings after the Yankees added another run against Paul Fry in his season debut. Nathan Ruiz,, "Giancarlo Stanton’s grand slam sends Orioles to first loss of season, 7-0 to Yankees," 5 Apr. 2021 At the plate: C Daulton Varsho (triple) and 1B Wyatt Mathisen (double) helped rough up Giants RHP Jimmie Sherfy, a former Diamondbacks reliever who gave up two runs in the fifth inning. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Diamondbacks’ Josh Rojas embracing change after busy offseason," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of reliever

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Reliever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reliever

: something that relieves pain, stress, etc.

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