relieve, alleviate, palliate, assuage(verb)
provide physical relief, as from pain
"This pill will relieve your headaches"
take over, relieve(verb)
free someone temporarily from his or her obligations
exempt, relieve, free(verb)
grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
"She exempted me from the exam"
still, allay, relieve, ease(verb)
lessen the intensity of or calm
"The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears"
salvage, salve, relieve, save(verb)
save from ruin, destruction, or harm
relieve oneself of troubling information
provide relief for
"remedy his illness"
free from a burden, evil, or distress
take by stealing
"The thief relieved me of $100"
excuse, relieve, let off, exempt(verb)
grant exemption or release to
"Please excuse me from this class"
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"
To ease (a person, person's thoughts etc.) from mental distress; to stop (someone) feeling anxious or worried, to alleviate the distress of.
To ease (someone, a part of the body etc.) or give relief from physical pain or discomfort.
To alleviate (pain, distress, mental discomfort etc.).
To provide comfort or assistance to (someone in need, especially in poverty).
To lift up; to raise again.
To raise (someone) out of danger or from (a specified difficulty etc.).
To free (someone) from debt or legal obligations; to give legal relief to.
This shall not relieve either Party of any obligations.
To bring military help to (a besieged town); to lift the seige on.
To release (someone) from or of a difficulty, unwanted task, responsibility etc.
To free (someone) from their post, task etc. by taking their place.
To make (something) stand out; to make prominent, bring into relief.
To go to the toilet; to defecate or urinate.
Origin: From relever, specifically from the conjugated forms such as relieve, and its source, relevo, combined form of re- + levo. Compare levant, levity, etc.
to lift up; to raise again, as one who has fallen; to cause to rise
to cause to seem to rise; to put in relief; to give prominence or conspicuousness to; to set off by contrast
to raise up something in; to introduce a contrast or variety into; to remove the monotony or sameness of
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
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
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
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
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. relevāre—re-, again, levāre, to raise—levis, light.]
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
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Rank popularity for the word 'relieve' in Verbs Frequency: #873
The numerical value of relieve in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of relieve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of relieve in a Sentence
Who will relieve me of this Wuthering Height
To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.
Until we see Russia comply on the ground we cannot relieve the pressure in any way.
OTC creams such as aloe or hydrocortisone that are refrigerated will relieve the pain.
Egotism is the anesthetic given by a kindly nature to relieve the pain of being a damned fool.
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- 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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