relieve

[ ri-leev ]
/ rɪˈliv /

verb (used with object), re·lieved, re·liev·ing.

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.

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Idioms for relieve

    to relieve oneself, to urinate or defecate.

Origin of relieve

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English releven from Middle French relever “to raise,” from Latin relevāre “to reduce the load of, lighten,” equivalent to re- “again, again and again”+ levāre “to raise,” derivative of levis “light in weight”; see re-

synonym study for relieve

1-3. See comfort.

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British Dictionary definitions for relieve

relieve
/ (rɪˈliːv) /

verb (tr)

Derived forms of relieve

relievable, 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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Medical definitions for relieve

relieve
[ rĭ-lēv ]

v.

To cause a lessening or alleviation of something, such as pain, tension, or a symptom.
To free an individual from pain, anxiety, or distress.

Other words from relieve

re•lieva•ble adj.
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