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.

Nearby words

  1. relief map,
  2. relief pitcher,
  3. relief valve,
  4. reliefer,
  5. relier,
  6. relieve oneself,
  7. relieve someone of,
  8. relieved,
  9. reliever,
  10. relieving arch

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 unrelieved

relieve

/ (rɪˈliːv) /

verb (tr)

Derived Formsrelievable, 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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Word Origin and History for unrelieved

relieve

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for unrelieved

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 formsre•lieva•ble adj.


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