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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)

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.

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"