verb (used with object), re·lieved, re·liev·ing.
- 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.
verb (used without object), re·lieved, re·liev·ing.
- relief map,
- relief pitcher,
- relief valve,
- relieve oneself,
- relieve someone of,
- relieving arch
Origin of relieve
Examples from the Web for relieve
“Seth kept the team together, but his constant need to relieve himself kept the team down,” says the announcer.James Franco and Seth Rogen Get ‘Naked and Afraid’… And It’s Hilarious|Marlow Stern|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Women have become more professional and independent, so a lot of them are looking at role revisal to relieve similar tensions.
Adam Kawalek went from Los Angeles to Gaza to try to relieve the suffering of the sick and wounded there.A Gay Jewish Zionist American Doctor in Gaza and What He Saw|Itay Hod|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However, medications and therapies have been developed to relieve symptoms significantly.The Burden Robin Williams Carried: Diagnosed With Parkinson’s and Depression|Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The cramping muscle should be carefully stretched and massaged to relieve pain.
The day dragged slowly to its close, and no rest came to the sufferer, nor sign of improvement to relieve our anxiety.A Crystal Age|W. H. Hudson
There was a well-kept lawn in front of it, with here and there a trim flower-bed to relieve the monotony of the expanse of grass.The Lost Valley|J. M. Walsh
Her fingers clutched at the neck of her dress, as if to tear it open, and so relieve the swelling of her throat.Name and Fame|Adeline Sergeant
I told the sentry I had been ordered to relieve him, and he handed over his musket without a word.In the Days of Washington|William Murray Graydon
In all serious cases of this kind little more can be done than to relieve the animal till the veterinarian comes.Riding and Driving|Edward L. Anderson
Word Origin for relieve
late 14c., "alleviate (pain, etc.), mitigate; afford comfort; allow respite; diminish the pressure of," also "give alms to, provide for;" also figuratively, "take heart, cheer up;" from Old French relever "to raise, relieve" (11c.) and directly from Latin relevare "to raise, alleviate, lift up, free from a burden," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + levare "to lift up, lighten," from levis "not heavy" (see lever).
The notion is "to raise (someone) out of trouble." From c.1400 as "advance to the rescue in battle;" also "return from battle; recall (troops)." Meaning "release from duty" is from early 15c. Related: relieved; relieving.