relieve

[ ri-leev ]
/ rɪˈliv /
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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.

Idioms

    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

Related forms

Synonym study

1. 2. 3. See comfort.
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British Dictionary definitions for relieved (1 of 2)

relieved

/ (rɪˈliːvd) /

adjective

(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

British Dictionary definitions for relieved (2 of 2)

relieve

/ (rɪˈliːv) /

verb (tr)


Derived Forms

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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Medicine definitions for relieved

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.

Related forms

re•lieva•ble adj.
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