- 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).
- 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
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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.Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking
December 30, 2014
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
December 25, 2014
I was so relieved, until I thought about my dirty pantyhose hanging on the shower at home.My Love Letter to the Stetson
December 24, 2014
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
November 4, 2014
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
September 6, 2014
The deep gloom that had overshadowed the land had been relieved by one single ray.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
I made every effort to get relieved from this odious work, but without avail.Biography of a Slave
In a little while he was relieved, her eyelids began to tremble.Weighed and Wanting
"I will manage it," said Dr. Everett, speaking in a quick, relieved tone.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Yet there was a set of the mouth and a prominence of the chin which relieved him of any trace of effeminacy.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- (postpositive; often foll by at, about, etc) experiencing relief, esp from worry or anxiety
- mechanical engineering having part of the surface cut away to avoid friction or wear
- 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
Word Origin and History for relieved
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.
- To cause a lessening or alleviation of something, such as pain, tension, or a symptom.
- To free an individual from pain, anxiety, or distress.