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
Examples from the Web for relieving
Instead of lessons about the dangerous, addictive, and deadly qualities of prescription opioids, he got lessons on relieving pain.
By relieving McElhone of the brash movie ending she is able to maintain her grasp on a flawed but still complex character.Return of the Bunny Boiler: Fatal Attraction’s World Stage Premiere|Nico Hines|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sure revealing that you secretly like to paint might be relieving, but what next?Ashton Kutcher Is Investing in the Anonymous Confessional App Secret|Abby Haglage|March 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Exit might give them a nice export boost, relieving some of the crippling unemployment currently afflicting Italian workers.
They made several trips to the bathroom,” he says, indicating “they were possibly doing more than just relieving themselves.U.S. Marines Accused of Injuring Brazilian Stripper|Mac Margolis|May 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Some were earnest men, wholly devoted to the object of relieving the distress which they saw on every side.Three Years in the Sixth Corps|George T. Stevens
This difference enabled the engineer officers to carry the work through the period of relieving the fatigue details.The Black Phalanx|Joseph T. Wilson
This is the course I have generally pursued, and scarce ever failed of relieving in a few hours.An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art|B. L. Hill
He beguiled the tedious hours of confinement by study, relieving his mind by varying its objects.The Life of Hugo Grotius|Charles Butler
“Where,” cried the Cornet, also relieving himself of his burden.
British Dictionary definitions for relieving
Word Origin for relieve
Word Origin and History for relieving
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.