What does relieve mean?

Definitions for relieve

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word relieve.

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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Relieve

    rē-lēv′, v.t. to remove from that which weighs down or depresses: to lessen: to ease: to help: to release: to support: to mitigate: to raise the siege of: (art) to set off by contrast: (law) to redress.—adj. Reliev′able.—n. Reliev′er, one who, or that which, relieves: (slang) a garment kept for being lent out.—adj. Reliev′ing, serving to relieve: (naut.) a temporary tackle attached to the tiller of a vessel in a storm.—Relieving arch, an arch in a wall to relieve the part below it from a superincumbent weight; Relieving officer, a salaried official who superintends the relief of the poor. [O. Fr. relever, to raise again—L. relevārere-, again, levāre, to raise—levis, light.]

Editors Contribution

  1. relieve

    To replace a person in a form of employment after a specific amount of time on duty.

    She was sent to relieve the soldier on duty at the palace to ensure he got his lunch break.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 13, 2016  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of relieve in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of relieve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of relieve in a Sentence

  1. Sir Winston Churchill:

    Who will relieve me of this Wuthering Height

  2. Horace Mann:

    To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.

  3. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond:

    Until we see Russia comply on the ground we cannot relieve the pressure in any way.

  4. Marie Jhin:

    OTC creams such as aloe or hydrocortisone that are refrigerated will relieve the pain.

  5. Bellamy Brooks:

    Egotism is the anesthetic given by a kindly nature to relieve the pain of being a damned fool.

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Translations for relieve

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  • ulevitCzech
  • aliviarSpanish
  • keventää, vapauttaa, avustaa, lievittää, tukea, helpottaa, [[murtaa]] [[saarto]], korostaa, [[nostaa]] [[pystyyn]]Finnish
  • lenire, mitigare, risollevare, assistere, rilevare, alleviare, risollevarsi, patrocinare, liberarsi, esautorareItalian
  • avløyseNorwegian Nynorsk
  • avløyse, avløseNorwegian

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