[ 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.
Words nearby relieve
Idioms for relieve
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
OTHER WORDS FROM 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
synonym study for relieve
1. 2. 3. See comfort.
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British Dictionary definitions for relieve oneself
/ (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 forms of relieverelievable, 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 relieve oneself
[ 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.
Other words from relievere•liev′a•ble adj.
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Idioms and Phrases with relieve oneself
Urinate or defecate, as in The puppy relieved itself in the middle of the floor. The use of relieve for these bodily functions dates from the mid-1800s.
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