Definition of "relieve" []

  • To cause a lessening or alleviation of: relieved all his symptoms; relieved the tension. (verb-transitive)
  • To free from pain, anxiety, or distress. (verb-transitive)
  • To furnish assistance or aid to. (verb-transitive)
  • To rescue from siege. (verb-transitive)
  • To release (a person) from an obligation, restriction, or burden, as by law or legislation. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring alleviation of (pain, distress, etc) to (someone) (verb)

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.

  • To bring aid or assistance to (someone in need, a disaster area, etc) (verb)
  • To take over the duties or watch of (someone) (verb)
  • To bring aid or a relieving force to (a besieged town, city, etc) (verb)
  • To free (someone) from an obligation (verb)
  • To make (something) less unpleasant, arduous, or monotonous (verb)
  • To bring into relief or prominence, as by contrast (verb)
  • To take from (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "relieve" in a sentence
  • "Many moons ago, on the mainland of Europe, I first heard the phrase "relieve pressure by creating it where least expected"."
  • "I educate women and the public on the games people play when they try to, as I call it, "relieve you of your money.""
  • "I guess her boyfriend just wanted to give her ample time to "relieve" herself."