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, assuageverb

    provide physical relief, as from pain

    "This pill will relieve your headaches"

  2. take over, relieveverb

    free someone temporarily from his or her obligations

  3. exempt, relieve, freeverb

    grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to

    "She exempted me from the exam"

  4. still, allay, relieve, easeverb

    lessen the intensity of or calm

    "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears"

  5. salvage, salve, relieve, saveverb

    save from ruin, destruction, or harm

  6. unbosom, relieveverb

    relieve oneself of troubling information

  7. remedy, relieveverb

    provide relief for

    "remedy his illness"

  8. relieveverb

    free from a burden, evil, or distress

  9. relieveverb

    take by stealing

    "The thief relieved me of $100"

  10. excuse, relieve, let off, exemptverb

    grant exemption or release to

    "Please excuse me from this class"

  11. relieve, lightenverb

    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. relieveverb

    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. relieveverb

    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. relieveverb

    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. relieveverb

    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. relieveverb

    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. relieveverb

    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. relieveverb

    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. relieveverb

    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. relieveverb

    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. relieveverb

    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. relieveverb

    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. relieveverb

    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. Relieveverb

    to lift up; to raise again, as one who has fallen; to cause to rise

  2. Relieveverb

    to cause to seem to rise; to put in relief; to give prominence or conspicuousness to; to set off by contrast

  3. Relieveverb

    to raise up something in; to introduce a contrast or variety into; to remove the monotony or sameness of

  4. Relieveverb

    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. Relieveverb

    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. Relieveverb

    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. Relieveverb

    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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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. Hillary Clinton:

    The way I read what he said is that if I didn't get the nomination he would do it ... I will relieve him of that.

  2. 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.

  3. Kim Kye Gwan:

    We had hoped a 'Trump-style solution' would be a wise way to relieve worries from both sides, meet our demands and realistically resolve problems.

  4. 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.

  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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