[ ri-leev ]
/ rɪˈliv /
verb (used with object), re·lieved, re·liev·ing.
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.
- to free (a closed space, as a tank, boiler, etc.) of more than a desirable pressure or vacuum.
- to reduce (the pressure or vacuum in such a space) to a desirable level.
Baseball. to replace (a pitcher).
verb (used without object), re·lieved, re·liev·ing.
Baseball. to act as a relief pitcher: He relieved in 52 games for the Pirates last season.
to relieve oneself, to urinate or defecate.
Origin of relieve
1300–50; Middle English releven < Middle French relever to raise < Latin relevāre to reduce the load of, lighten, equivalent to re- re- + levāre to raise, derivative of levis light in weight
SYNONYMS FOR relieve
ANTONYMS FOR relieve
re·liev·a·ble, adjectivere·liev·ed·ly [ri-lee-vid-lee] /rɪˈli vɪd li/, adverbnon·re·liev·ing, adjectivequa·si-re·lieved, adjective
un·re·liev·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·lieved, adjectiveun·re·liev·ed·ly, adverbun·re·liev·ing, adjective
1. 2. 3. See comfort.
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Examples from the Web for relievable
With delight the money-caliphs view a situation that they think is relievable while you wait.Roads of Destiny|O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for relievable
/ (rɪˈliːv) /
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
(foll by of) informal to take fromthe thief relieved him of his watch
relieve oneself to urinate or defecate
Derived Formsrelievable, adjective
Word Origin for relieve
C14: from Old French relever, from Latin relevāre to lift up, relieve, from re- + levāre to lighten
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Medicine definitions for relievable
[ rĭ-lēv′ ]
To cause a lessening or alleviation of something, such as pain, tension, or a symptom.
To free an individual from pain, anxiety, or distress.
Related formsre•liev′a•ble adj.
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