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relieve

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of relieve

  1. 1 to make more bearable or less severe an ice pack will relieve the swelling Synonyms of relieve allay, alleviate, assuage, ease, mitigate, mollify, palliate, help, sootheWords Related to relieve abate, lighten, moderate, soften, temper; cure, heal, remedy; amend, correct, emend, fix, mend, rectify, reform, repair; ameliorate, better, enhance, enrich, improve, meliorate, perfect, refineNear Antonyms of relieve harm, hurt, impair, injure; heighten, intensify, sharpenAntonyms of relieve aggravate, exacerbate

  2. 2 to set (a person or thing) free of something that encumbers the bellhop relieved him of his luggage and led him to the elevator Synonyms of relieve clear, disburden, disencumber, divest, free, rid, unburdenWords Related to relieve discharge, emancipate, enfranchise, liberate, loose, loosen, manumit, release, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetter; bail (out), deliver, redeem, rescue; disengage, disentangle, extricateNear Antonyms of relieve bog (down), fetter, hamper, restrain, shackle, subject, weigh down, weight (down)Antonyms of relieve burden, encumber, saddle

  3. 3 to take the place of at daybreak a soldier arrived to relieve the one who had spent the night on guard duty Synonyms of relieve cut out, displace, displant, replace, substitute, supersede, supplantWords Related to relieve preempt, usurp

Synonym Discussion of relieve

relieve, alleviate, lighten, assuage, mitigate, allay mean to make something less grievous. relieve implies a lifting of enough of a burden to make it tolerable.
    • took an aspirin to relieve the pain
alleviate implies temporary or partial lessening of pain or distress.
    • the lotion alleviated the itching
lighten implies reducing a burdensome or depressing weight.
    • good news would lighten our worries
assuage implies softening or sweetening what is harsh or disagreeable.
    • ocean breezes assuaged the intense heat
mitigate suggests a moderating or countering of the effect of something violent or painful.
    • the need to mitigate barbaric laws
allay implies an effective calming or soothing of fears or alarms.
    • allayed their fears


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