relieve

verb
re·​lieve | \ ri-ˈlēv How to pronounce relieve (audio) \
relieved; relieving

Definition of relieve

transitive verb

1a : to free from a burden : give aid or help to
b : to set free from an obligation, condition, or restriction
c : to ease of a burden, wrong, or oppression by judicial or legislative interposition
2a : to bring about the removal or alleviation of : mitigate helps relieve stress
b : rob, deprive relieved us of our belongings
3a : to release from a post, station, or duty
b : to take the place of will relieve the starting pitcher
4 : to remove or lessen the monotony of a park relieves the urban landscape
5a : to set off by contrast
b : to raise in relief
6 : to discharge the bladder or bowels of (oneself)

intransitive verb

1 : to bring or give relief
2 : to stand out in relief
3 : to serve as a relief pitcher

Other Words from relieve

relievable \ ri-​ˈlē-​və-​bəl How to pronounce relieve (audio) \ adjective

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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

Examples of relieve in a Sentence

I took a pill to relieve my headache. I wish I could relieve your suffering. What's the best way to relieve stress? She tried to relieve the tension by making a joke. an effort to relieve traffic congestion We need to find ways to relieve overcrowding in our schools. I've come to relieve the guard on duty. The soldiers were relieved by 30,000 fresh troops. See More
Recent Examples on the Web To help relieve pain or discomfort in the ankles and feet, mobility exercises often focus on stretching the hamstrings and calves. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, 9 June 2022 Hogan said the coordinated pop-up centers would help relieve pressure on hospitals, which were inundated with people seeking tests during the omicron surge. Erin Cox, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 These ingredients work together to help relieve dryness, remove excess oil, and get rid of embarrassing flakes. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2022 Laemmle sold the building in 2020 to help relieve its massive debt load but continued to run the location under a lease-back agreement with landlord GD Realty. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 Medications like Flomax shrink the prostate and normally help relieve the pressure, but no medication is perfect. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 11 May 2022 Asking them your questions can help relieve your fears. Chicago Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 The pillow, which is made of the same material, can even help relieve any tension felt in her face or neck. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 To help relieve the itch, your doctor may prescribe pramoxine, which helps numb the skin and reduce the itch, according to the National Library of Medicine. Stephanie Watson, SELF, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of relieve

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for relieve

Middle English releven, from Anglo-French relever to raise, relieve, from Latin relevare, from re- + levare to raise — more at lever

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20 Jun 2022

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More Definitions for relieve

relieve

verb
re·​lieve | \ ri-ˈlēv How to pronounce relieve (audio) \
relieved; relieving

Kids Definition of relieve

1 : to free partly or wholly from a burden, pain, or distress The phone call relieved the worried parents.
2 : to bring about the removal or lessening of No words could relieve her sorrow.
3 : to release from a post or duty relieve a sentry
4 : to break the sameness of The dark red house was relieved by white trim.

Other Words from relieve

reliever noun

relieve

transitive verb
re·​lieve | \ ri-ˈlēv How to pronounce relieve (audio) \
relieved; relieving

Medical Definition of relieve

1 : to bring about the removal or alleviation of (pain or discomfort)
2 : to discharge the bladder or bowels of (oneself)

Other Words from relieve

reliever noun

relieve

transitive verb
re·​lieve
relieved; relieving

Legal Definition of relieve

: to set free from a duty, burden, or liability cannot be relieved of his negligence the trust cannot relieve the trustees of those very basic duties that the law imposesHosey v. Burgess, 890 S.W.2d 262 (1995)

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