Definitions for relieverɪˈliv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•lieverɪˈliv(v.)-lieved, -liev•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to ease or alleviate (pain, distress, anxiety, need, etc.); mitigate; allay.

  2. to free from anxiety, fear, pain, etc.

  3. to free from need or poverty.

  4. to bring effective aid to (a besieged town, military position, etc.).

  5. to ease (a person) of a burden, wrong, or oppression.

  6. to reduce (a pressure, load, weight, etc., on a device or object under stress).

  7. to make less tedious, unpleasant, or monotonous:

    Curtains relieved the drabness of the room.

  8. to bring into relief or prominence; heighten the effect of.

  9. to release (a person on duty) by coming as or providing a substitute or replacement.

  10. to replace (a baseball pitcher).

    Category: Sport

  11. to release from an obligation or position:

    to be relieved of one's post.

  12. take something from; rob (usu. fol. by of):

    The thief relieved me of my wallet.

    Category: Informal

  13. (v.i.)to act as a relief pitcher.

    Category: Sport

Idioms for relieve:

  1. relieve oneself,to urinate or defecate.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of relieve:

1300–50; ME releven < MF relever to raise < L relevāre to reduce the load of, lighten =re- re - +levāre to raise, der. of levis light in weight


Princeton's WordNet

  1. relieve, alleviate, palliate, assuage(verb)

    provide physical relief, as from pain

    "This pill will relieve your headaches"

  2. take over, relieve(verb)

    free someone temporarily from his or her obligations

  3. exempt, relieve, free(verb)

    grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to

    "She exempted me from the exam"

  4. still, allay, relieve, ease(verb)

    lessen the intensity of or calm

    "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears"

  5. salvage, salve, relieve, save(verb)

    save from ruin, destruction, or harm

  6. unbosom, relieve(verb)

    relieve oneself of troubling information

  7. remedy, relieve(verb)

    provide relief for

    "remedy his illness"

  8. relieve(verb)

    free from a burden, evil, or distress

  9. relieve(verb)

    take by stealing

    "The thief relieved me of $100"

  10. excuse, relieve, let off, exempt(verb)

    grant exemption or release to

    "Please excuse me from this class"

  11. relieve, lighten(verb)

    alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive

    "relieve the pressure and the stress"; "lighten the burden of caring for her elderly parents"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. relieve(verb)ɪˈliv

    to lessen the unpleasant effects of sth

    tips for relieving stress; She sings to relieve the boredom of work.

  2. relieveɪˈliv

    to replace sb who has stopped working

    The security guard was relieved by the night shift.


  1. relieve(Verb)

    To ease (a person, person's thoughts etc.) from mental distress; to stop (someone) feeling anxious or worried, to alleviate the distress of.

  2. relieve(Verb)

    To ease (someone, a part of the body etc.) or give relief from physical pain or discomfort.

  3. relieve(Verb)

    To alleviate (pain, distress, mental discomfort etc.).

  4. relieve(Verb)

    To provide comfort or assistance to (someone in need, especially in poverty).

  5. relieve(Verb)

    To lift up; to raise again.

  6. relieve(Verb)

    To raise (someone) out of danger or from (a specified difficulty etc.).

  7. relieve(Verb)

    To free (someone) from debt or legal obligations; to give legal relief to.

    This shall not relieve either Party of any obligations.

  8. relieve(Verb)

    To bring military help to (a besieged town); to lift the seige on.

  9. relieve(Verb)

    To release (someone) from or of a difficulty, unwanted task, responsibility etc.

  10. relieve(Verb)

    To free (someone) from their post, task etc. by taking their place.

  11. relieve(Verb)

    To make (something) stand out; to make prominent, bring into relief.

  12. relieve(Verb)

    To go to the toilet; to defecate or urinate.

  13. Origin: From relever, specifically from the conjugated forms such as relieve, and its source, relevo, combined form of re- + levo. Compare levant, levity, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relieve(verb)

    to lift up; to raise again, as one who has fallen; to cause to rise

  2. Relieve(verb)

    to cause to seem to rise; to put in relief; to give prominence or conspicuousness to; to set off by contrast

  3. Relieve(verb)

    to raise up something in; to introduce a contrast or variety into; to remove the monotony or sameness of

  4. Relieve(verb)

    to raise or remove, as anything which depresses, weighs down, or crushes; to render less burdensome or afflicting; to alleviate; to abate; to mitigate; to lessen; as, to relieve pain; to relieve the wants of the poor

  5. Relieve(verb)

    to free, wholly or partly, from any burden, trial, evil, distress, or the like; to give ease, comfort, or consolation to; to give aid, help, or succor to; to support, strengthen, or deliver; as, to relieve a besieged town

  6. Relieve(verb)

    to release from a post, station, or duty; to put another in place of, or to take the place of, in the bearing of any burden, or discharge of any duty

  7. Relieve(verb)

    to ease of any imposition, burden, wrong, or oppression, by judicial or legislative interposition, as by the removal of a grievance, by indemnification for losses, or the like; to right

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'relieve' in Verbs Frequency: #873

Translations for relieve

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to lessen or stop (pain, worry etc)

The doctor gave him some drugs to relieve the pain; to relieve the hardship of the refugees.

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