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Definition of "relief" []

  • The easing of a burden or distress, such as pain, anxiety, or oppression. (noun)
  • Something that alleviates pain or distress. (noun)
  • Public assistance. (noun)
  • Aid in time of danger, especially rescue from siege. (noun)
  • Release from a post or duty, as that of sentinel. (noun)
  • A feeling of cheerfulness or optimism that follows the removal of anxiety, pain, or distress (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Deliverance from or alleviation of anxiety, pain, distress, etc (noun)
  • Help or assistance, as to the poor, needy, or distressed (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Something that affords a diversion from monotony (noun)
  • A person who replaces or relieves another at some task or duty (noun)
  • A bus, shuttle plane, etc, that carries additional passengers when a scheduled service is full (noun)
  • A road (relief road) carrying traffic round an urban area; bypass (noun)
  • The act of freeing a beleaguered town, fortress, etc (noun)
  • The projection of forms or figures from a flat ground, so that they are partly or wholly free of it (noun)
  • A piece of work of this kind (noun)
  • A printing process, such as engraving, letterpress, etc, that employs raised surfaces from which ink is transferred to the paper (noun)
  • Any vivid effect resulting from contrast (noun)
  • Variation in altitude in an area; difference between highest and lowest level (noun)
  • The removal of the surface material of a bearing area to allow the access of lubricating fluid (noun)
  • Redress of a grievance or hardship (noun)
  • A succession of payments made by an heir to a fief to his lord: the size of the relief was determined by the lord within bounds set by custom (noun)

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Use "relief" in a sentence
  • "Pain relief is generally considered the endpoint of treatment; therefore, most physicians will avoid the use of local anesthetics. 23 Short acting general anesthetics or regional nerve blocks are sometimes used during treatment."
  • "I've always found the term relief well kind of confusing, because to me it suggests that it's going to relieve the pressure somehow and let the oil come out of these wells."
  • "But Sexton found Nicks for an easy 31-yard score on fourth down with 4: 11 left to seal it, and Nicks set the receiving record with a 22-yard catch a little later from T.J. Yates, making his first appearance in relief from a broken ankle suffered in September against Virginia Tech. Newspaper Home Delivery - Subscribe Today"