- An example of relieve is what pain killers do to pain.
- An example of relieve is when you go to work and take over for the person during their family emergency.
To relieve is to lessen physical or mental pain or to lessen someone's stress or burden.
- to ease, lighten, or reduce (pain, anxiety, etc.)
- to free (a person) from pain, discomfort, anxiety, etc.
- to restore (a part of the body, the mind, etc.) to well-being
- to lighten the pressure, stress, weight, etc. on (something)
- to lighten (pressure, stress, etc.)
- to give aid or assistance to: to relieve the poor
- to bring or send help to: to relieve a besieged city
- to set free from a burden, obligation, grievance, etc.
- to remove (a burden, etc.)
- to set free from duty or work by replacing with oneself or another: to relieve a nurse
- ⌂ Baseball to serve as a relief pitcher for (another pitcher)
- to make less tedious, monotonous, etc. by being or providing a pleasing change
- to set off by contrast; make distinct or prominent
Origin of relieveMiddle English releven ; from Old French relever ; from Classical Latin relevare, to lift up again ; from re-, again + levare, to raise: see lever
Baseball to serve as a relief pitcher
to urinate or defecate
transitive verbre·lieved, re·liev·ing, re·lieves
- a. To cause a lessening or alleviation of: relieved all his symptoms; relieved the tension.b. To make less tedious, monotonous, or unpleasant: Only one small candle relieved the gloom.
- To free from pain, anxiety, or distress: I was relieved by the news that they had arrived home safely.
- a. To furnish assistance or aid to: relieve the flooded region.b. To rescue from siege.
- a. To release (a person) from an obligation, restriction, or burden.b. To free from a specified duty by providing or acting as a substitute.c. Baseball To enter the game as a relief pitcher after (another pitcher).
- Informal To rob or deprive: Pickpockets relieved him of his money.
- Archaic To make prominent or effective by contrast; set off.
Origin of relieveMiddle English releven, from Old French relever, from Latin relevare : re-, re- + levare, to raise; see legwh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present relieves, present participle relieving, simple past and past participle relieved)
- To ease (a person, person's thoughts etc.) from mental distress; to stop (someone) feeling anxious or worried, to alleviate the distress of. [from 14th c.]
- I was greatly relieved by the jury's verdict.
- To ease (someone, a part of the body etc.) or give relief from physical pain or discomfort. [from 14th c.]
- To alleviate (pain, distress, mental discomfort etc.). [from 14th c.]
- To provide comfort or assistance to (someone in need, especially in poverty). [from 14th c.]
- (now rare) To raise (someone) out of danger or from (a specified difficulty etc.). [from 15th c.]
- (law) To free (someone) from debt or legal obligations; to give legal relief to. [from 15th c.]
- This shall not relieve either Party of any obligations.
- To bring military help to (a besieged town); to lift the seige on. [from 16th c.]
- To release (someone) from or of a difficulty, unwanted task, responsibility etc. [from 16th c.]
- (military, job) To free (someone) from their post, task etc. by taking their place. [from 16th c.]
- (now rare) To make (something) stand out; to make prominent, bring into relief. [from 18th c.]
- (reflexive) To go to the toilet; to defecate or urinate. [from 20th c.]