Definitions for: Relieve


[v] provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches"
[v] provide relief for; "remedy his illness"
[v] alleviate or remove; "relieve the pressure and the stress"
[v] grant exemption or release to; "Please excuse me from this class"
[v] relieve oneself of troubling information
[v] lessen the intensity of; calm; as of anxieties and fears
[v] take by stealing; "The thief relieved me of $100"
[v] free from a burden, evil, or distress
[v] free someone temporarily from his or her obligations
[v] save from ruin or destruction
[v] grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to; "She exempted me from the exam"



Webster (1913) Definition: Re*lieve" (r?-l?v"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Relieved
(-l?vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Relieving.] [OE. releven, F.
relever to raise again, discharge, relieve, fr. L. relevare
to lift up, raise, make light, relieve; pref. re- re- +
levare to raise, fr. levis light. See Levity, and cf.
Relevant, Relief.]
1. To lift up; to raise again, as one who has fallen; to
cause to rise. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.

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

Her tall figure relieved against the blue sky;
seemed almost of supernatural height. --Sir W.
Scott.

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

The poet must . . . sometimes relieve the subject
with a moral reflection. --Addison.

4. To raise or remove, as anything which depresses, weighs
down, or crushes; to render less burdensome or afflicting;
to allevate; to-abate; to mitigate; to lessen; as, to
relieve pain; to relieve the wants of the poor.

5. 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.

Now lend assistance and relieve the poor. --Dryden.

6. 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.

Who hath relieved you? --Shak.

7. 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.

Syn: To alleviate; assuage; succor; assist; aid; help;
support; substain; ease; mitigate; lighten; diminish;
remove; free; remedy; redress; indemnify.

Synonyms: allay, alleviate, assuage, ease, excuse, exempt, exempt, let off, palliate, remedy, salvage, salve, save, still, take over, unbosom

Antonyms: apply, enforce, implement

See Also: abreact, absolve, ameliorate, amend, better, care for, comfort, comfort, confide, console, deliver, deregulate, derestrict, discharge, disembarrass, dispense, ease, forgive, frank, free, free, free, improve, justify, meliorate, mitigate, rescue, rid, solace, soothe, soothe, spare, take, treat

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