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.
Origin of relieve
SYNONYMS FOR relieve
Examples from the Web for relieved
The court papers are sealed, but the couple has made it clear they want to be relieved of their parental responsibilities.
He may have been relieved to head for Westminster as a Member of Parliament on Oct. 1, 1386.A Year In The Life of The Canterbury Tales’ Storied Beginnings|Wendy Smith|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was so relieved, until I thought about my dirty pantyhose hanging on the shower at home.
Palliative sedation would have relieved her pain, it is true.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life|Elizabeth Picciuto|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Following the strike, as well as a damage assessment, Egan is relieved from his shift.Ethan Hawke's 'Good Kill': A Searing Indictment of America's Drone Warfare Obsession|Marlow Stern|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It relieved him to see the two ladies seated opposite each other in the bow window, and to hear something like a laugh in the air.The Marriage of Elinor|Margaret Oliphant
As a last effort, she tried to pique him by coldness—this pleased him best, for it relieved him from her presence.
Lydia, relieved of a disagreeable suspicion that her usually faultless footman must be drunk, thanked him and went up-stairs.Cashel Byron's Profession|George Bernard Shaw
Enfeebled by sickness, he exposed himself; touched by compassion, he relieved the sufferer.The Story of My Life|Egerton Ryerson
He should act at once or ask to be relieved in time to let another carry out the plan.Military Reminiscences of the Civil War V2|Jacob Dolson Cox