American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause a lessening or alleviation of: relieved all his symptoms; relieved the tension.
- v. To free from pain, anxiety, or distress.
- v. To furnish assistance or aid to.
- v. To rescue from siege.
- v. To release (a person) from an obligation, restriction, or burden, as by law or legislation.
- v. To free from a specified duty by providing or acting as a substitute.
- v. Baseball To take over for (a relief pitcher).
- v. To make less tedious, monotonous, or unpleasant: Only one small candle relieved the gloom.
- v. To make prominent or effective by contrast; set off.
- v. Informal To rob or deprive: Pickpockets relieved him of his money.
- idiom. relieve (oneself) To urinate or defecate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lift up; set up a second time; hence, to collect; assemble.
- To remove, wholly or partially, as anything that depresses, weighs down, pains, oppresses, etc.; mitigate; alleviate; lessen.
- To free, wholly or partly, from pain, grief, want, anxiety, trouble, encumbrance, or anything that is considered to be an evil; give ease, comfort, or consolation to; help; aid; support; succor: as, to relieve the poor and needy.
- Specifically, to bring efficient help to (a besieged place); raise the siege of.
- To release from a post, station, task, or duty by substituting another person or party; put another in the place of, or take the place of, in the performance of any duty, the bearing of any burden, or the like: as, to relieve a sentinel or guard.
- To ease of any burden, wrong, or oppression by judicial or legislative interposition, by indemnification for losses, or the like; right.
- To give assistance to; support.
- To mitigate; lessen; soften.
- To give relief or prominence to, literally or figuratively; hence, to give contrast to; heighten the effect or interest of, by contrast or variety.
- Synonyms Mitigate. Assuage, etc. (see alleviate); diminish, lighten.
- To rise; arise.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To lift up; to raise again, as one who has fallen; to cause to rise.
- v. To cause to seem to rise; to put in relief; to give prominence or conspicuousness to; to set off by contrast.
- v. To raise up something in; to introduce a contrast or variety into; to remove the monotony or sameness of.
- v. To raise or remove, as anything which depresses, weighs down, or crushes; to render less burdensome or afflicting; to alleviate; to abate; to mitigate; to lessen
- v. To free, wholly or partly, from any burden, trial, evil, distress, or the like; to give ease, comfort, or consolation to; to give aid, help, or succor to; to support, strengthen, or deliver.
- v. To release from a post, station, or duty; to put another in place of, or to take the place of, in the bearing of any burden, or discharge of any duty.
- v. To ease of any imposition, burden, wrong, or oppression, by judicial or legislative interposition, as by the removal of a grievance, by indemnification for losses, or the like; to right.
- v. free from a burden, evil, or distress
- v. save from ruin, destruction, or harm
- v. grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
- v. lessen the intensity of or calm
- v. relieve oneself of troubling information
- v. provide physical relief, as from pain
- v. grant exemption or release to
- v. take by stealing
- v. provide relief for
- v. alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive
- v. free someone temporarily from his or her obligations
- From Old French relever, specifically from the conjugated forms such as (jeo) relieve ("I lift up"), and its source, Latin relevo ("to lift up, lighten, relieve, alleviate"), combined form of re- ("back") + levo ("to lift"). Compare levant, levity, etc. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English releven, from Old French relever, from Latin relevāre : re-, re- + levāre, to raise. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“Where subsistence is doled out, the desideratum has been achieved, of general want and a superior power to "relieve" it.”
“So does she feel like there should be more active duty presence to kind of relieve that pressure on all the reservists and National Guard?”
“ The translator's word 'relieve' (relyuue) represents”
“On other days he dined later, by himself, but at the family table, when Mrs. Baines or one of the assistants could "relieve" him in the shop.”
“Sainte-Beuve -- no weak-stomached reader -- was put off by its blotches of blood and grime, and by the sort of ghastly gorgeousness which, if it does not "relieve" these, forms a kind of background to throw them up.”
“These men, with the exception of two or three who formed the permanent crew of the tender, were either going off to "relieve" their comrades and take their turn on board the floating lights, or were on their way to land, having been "relieved" -- such as George Welton the mate, Dick Moy, and”
“Astringent tonics, are such as relieve floodings and hemorrhages of every kind and may be advantageously employed in all profuse evacuations and relaxed states of the system.”
The Cherokee Physician, or Indian Guide to Health, as Given by Richard Foreman, a Cherokee Doctor; Comprising a Brief View of Anatomy, With General Rules for Preserving Health without the Use of Medicines. The Diseases of the U. States, with Their Symptoms, Causes, and Means of Prevention, are Treated on in a Satisfactory Manner. It Also Contains a Description of a Variety of Herbs and Roots, Many of which are not Explained in Any Other Book, and their Medical Virtues have Hitherto been Unknown to the Whites; To which is Added a Short Dispensatory.
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