transitive verb-·lieved′, -·liev′ing
- 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