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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019 re•lieve /rɪˈliv/
USA pronunciation v., -lieved, -liev•ing.
to ease, lessen, or make less unpleasant: Aspirin may relieve the pain. [~ + object ]
to free from anxiety, fear, pain, etc.: We were relieved by the good news. [~ + object ]
to reduce (a pressure, load, weight, etc., on a device or object under stress): This device relieves the pressure on the wheels. [~ + object ]
to make less boring or monotonous by adding something different: Curtains relieved the drabness of the room. [~ + object ]
to release or remove (a person on duty) by coming as or providing a substitute or replacement: The manager relieved his best pitcher. [~ + object ] The first officer relieved the captain of his duty at the helm. [~ + object + of + object ]
Informal Termsto take from; rob: The thief relieved me of my wallet. [~ + object + of + object ] Idioms
Idioms relieve oneself, to urinate or defecate. See
. -lev- WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019 re•lieve
(ri lēv ′), USA pronunciation v., -lieved, -liev•ing. v.t.
to ease or alleviate (pain, distress, anxiety, need, etc.).
to free from anxiety, fear, pain, etc.
to free from need, poverty, etc.
to bring effective aid to (a besieged town, military position, etc.).
to ease (a person) of any burden, wrong, or oppression, as by legal means.
to reduce (a pressure, load, weight, etc., on a device or object under stress): to relieve the steam pressure; to relieve the stress on the supporting walls.
to make less tedious, unpleasant, or monotonous; break or vary the sameness of: curtains to relieve the drabness of the room.
to bring into relief or prominence; heighten the effect of.
to release (one on duty) by coming as or providing a substitute or replacement.
Mechanical Engineeringto free (a closed space, as a tank, boiler, etc.) of more than a desirable pressure or vacuum. Mechanical Engineeringto reduce (the pressure or vacuum in such a space) to a desirable level.
Sport to replace (a pitcher). [Baseball. ] v.i.
Sport to act as a relief pitcher: [Baseball. ] He relieved in 52 games for the Pirates last season. to relieve oneself, to urinate or defecate.
re•liev ′a•ble, adj.
(ri lēv ′), USA pronunciation adv.
Latin relevāre to reduce the load of, lighten, equivalent. to re- re- + levāre to raise, derivative of levis light in weight Middle French relever to raise Middle English releven 1300–50
1. mitigate, assuage, allay, lighten, lessen, abate, diminish. See See corresponding entry in Unabridged comfort. 1. -4. aid, help, assist. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 3. support, sustain. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 4. succor. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
1. intensify. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
relieve / rɪˈliːv/ vb ( transitive) to bring alleviation of (pain, distress, etc) to (someone) to bring aid or assistance to (someone in need, a disaster area, etc) to take over the duties or watch of (someone) to bring aid or a relieving force to (a besieged town, city, etc) to free (someone) from an obligation to make (something) less unpleasant, arduous, or monotonous to bring into relief or prominence, as by contrast ( ) followed by of informal to take from: the thief relieved him of his watch relieve oneself ⇒ to urinate or defecate Etymology: 14 th Century: from Old French relever, from Latin relevāre to lift up, relieve, from re- + levāre to lighten reˈlievable adj
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