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

How to pronounce relieve?

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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. Serene Gregg:

    A lot of them are working mandatory overtime three or four times a week, there's no one to relieve you at end of an eight-hour shift.

  2. Alexis de Tocqueville:

    In democratic ages men rarely sacrifice themselves for another, but they show a general compassion for all the human race. One never sees them inflict pointless suffering, and they are glad to relieve the sorrows of others when they can do so without much trouble to themselves. They are not disinterested, but they are gentle.

  3. Sebastien Gendry:

    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.

  4. Iran Dempsey:

    Under no circumstances should we relieve pressure on Iran relative to ballistic missile capabilities and arms trafficking.

  5. Brandon Nelson:

    I was in the trauma room for maybe 20 minutes when a 28-year-old man was wheeled in with a head injury, he had also been riding a Bird scooter and had a brain bleed, so they were taking him up to emergency surgery to relieve the pressure in his head.

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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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