What does relieve mean?

Definitions for relieve
rɪˈlivre·lieve

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"

Wiktionary

  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.

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

  2. relieve(Verb)

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

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

  3. relieve(Verb)

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

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

  4. relieve(Verb)

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

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

  5. relieve(Verb)

    To lift up; to raise again.

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

  6. relieve(Verb)

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

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

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

  8. relieve(Verb)

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

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

  9. relieve(Verb)

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

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

  10. relieve(Verb)

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

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

  11. relieve(Verb)

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

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

  12. relieve(Verb)

    To go to the toilet; to defecate or urinate.

    Etymology: 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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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How to say relieve in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Bhartrihari:

    Low-minded men are occupied solely with their own affairs, but noble-minded men take special interest in the affairs of others. The submarine fire drinks up the ocean, to fill its insatiable interior; the rain-cloud, that it may relieve the drought of the earth, burnt up by the hot season.

  2. Julie Krop:

    It's about trying to relieve the distress of individuals who are suffering because their desire is not at the level that it needs to be for them.

  3. David Pilgrim:

    Compassion is not pity, not even empathetic pity. There is arrogance and haughty pride in pitying others. Compassion is when we are confronted with another’s suffering and we suffer with them. Their pain is ours. We are motivated to relieve their suffering. When we feel true compassion we help those who suffer, not as a cathartic release, but because it breaks our heart that they are hurting. I have not always known or believed these things, but I am thankful that I do now.

  4. Elizabeth McKay:

    With baking bread there's a lot of physicality, and the kneading of the dough and getting it into the right shape can help you relieve some tension.

  5. Horace Mann:

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

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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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