- To relieve is to lessen physical or mental pain or to lessen someone's stress or burden.
- 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.
relieve definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English releven ; from Old French relever ; from Classical Latin relevare, to lift up again ; from re-, again plush levare, to raise: see lever
relieve definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb re·lieved, re·liev·ing, re·lieves
- To cause a lessening or alleviation of: relieved all his symptoms; relieved the tension.
- To free from pain, anxiety, or distress.
- To furnish assistance or aid to.
- To rescue from siege.
- To release (a person) from an obligation, restriction, or burden, as by law or legislation.
- a. To free from a specified duty by providing or acting as a substitute.b. Baseball To take over for (a relief pitcher).
- To make less tedious, monotonous, or unpleasant: Only one small candle relieved the gloom.
- To make prominent or effective by contrast; set off.
- Informal To rob or deprive: Pickpockets relieved him of his money.
Origin: Middle English releven, from Old French relever, from Latin relevāre : re-, re- + levāre, to raise; see legwh- in Indo-European roots.
- re·lievˈa·ble adjective
relieve - Medical Definition
- To cause a lessening or alleviation of something, such as pain, tension, or a symptom.
- To free an individual from pain, anxiety, or distress.
- relievable adjective
relieve - Phrases/Idioms