Definitions for relieve
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word relieve.
relieve, alleviate, palliate, assuageverb
provide physical relief, as from pain
"This pill will relieve your headaches"
take over, relieveverb
free someone temporarily from his or her obligations
exempt, relieve, freeverb
grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
"She exempted me from the exam"
still, allay, relieve, easeverb
lessen the intensity of or calm
"The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears"
salvage, salve, relieve, saveverb
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, exemptverb
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.
Etymology: From relever, specifically from the conjugated forms such as relieve, and its source, relevo, combined form of re- + levo. Compare levant, levity, etc.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: relevo, Lat. relever, Fr.
As the great lamp of day,
Through diff’rent regions, does his course pursue,
And leaves one world but to revive a new;
While, by a pleasing change, the queen of night
Relieves his lustre with a milder light. George Stepney.
Since the inculcating precept upon precept will prove tiresome, the poet must not encumber his poem with too much business; but sometimes relieve the subject with a moral reflection. Joseph Addison, Essay on the Georgicks.
Parallels, or like relations, alternately relieve each other; when neither will pass asunder, yet are they plausible together. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.
From thy growing store,
Now lend assistance, and relieve the poor;
A pittance of thy land will set him free. Dryden.
Honest soldier, who hath relieved you?
—— Bernado has my place, give you good night. William Shakespeare.
Relieve the centries that have watch’d all night. Dryden.
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.]
British National Corpus
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
To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.
I am profoundly sorry for the loss of this young girl’s life and I know there are no words that can relieve the unimaginable pain for the family, my commitment is to conduct a thorough, complete and transparent investigation into the circumstances that led up to this tragedy and provide the family and public with as much information as possible.
Laughter does not mean happiness. It is a way to relieve tension, it is a simple and impactful way to improve immune function by increasing cardiovascular activity and improving lymphatic function with deep breathing and increased oxygen.
The tea tree oil is going to calm down the scalp and relieve some of that painful itching and burning. It's a wonderful way to just get rid of an itchy, flaky scalp.
This infusion of medical expertise and material will expedite the long road to recovery and relieve a stressed and overburdened health care system.
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- keventää, vapauttaa, avustaa, [[nostaa]] [[pystyyn]], korostaa, [[murtaa]] [[saarto]], lievittää, tukea, helpottaaFinnish
- esautorare, lenire, liberarsi, patrocinare, risollevarsi, alleviare, rilevare, assistere, risollevare, mitigareItalian
- avløyseNorwegian Nynorsk
- avløse, avløyseNorwegian
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