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  • v. Present participle of relieve.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving or tending to relieve.


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  • I staggered to the bathroom, understanding for the first time the term relieving oneself.


  • The news of Dermody's death [1] is truly afflicting; and glad am I to find the literary worthies were not backward in relieving his distress, however his distress came.

    Letter 93

  • This man did himself and all other sportsmen a dis-service, at least the DNR did the right thing in relieving him of his duties.

    Hunter Safety (and Politics) Course

  • On the other hand, he possibly spent more money in relieving hard-luck cases than did the wildest of the new millionaires on insane debauchery.

    Chapter XI

  • With McCain's age, the odds of McCain relieving his position prematurely and making you the next president is probably a whole lot higher than any of the current VP choices 'chances to win outright when they run alone.

    Huckabee says he'd like to be McCain's running mate

  • Radiation Therapy and surgery may also be helpful in relieving symptoms.


  • All are looking for investments; and as supply ordinarily follows demand, up there rise, at periodical intervals, an amazing number of plans for the said investments -- in plain English, relieving people of their money.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 460 Volume 18, New Series, October 23, 1852

  • So I think the idea of relieving gas taxes during a high demand summer season makes a lot of sense and 90 percent of the gas and oil reserves and in the world are not controlled by American companies but by foreign governments and their subsidiaries.

    CNN Transcript May 4, 2008

  • Even though Sir Richard reached Cairo without mishap, some time must necessarily elapse before he could gather together what Iris had called the relieving force; and although Anstice had no reason to doubt the staunchness and courage of his fellow-defenders, he could not fail to realize that as a fighting unit they were altogether outmatched by the two or three score of enemies who were by now, apparently, thirsting savagely for their blood.


  • This was entirely with the idea of relieving her sister, and effecting a reformation, if possible, in the character of her niece; though she almost dreaded the introduction of such an element of discord into their peaceful and happy household.

    Aunt Mary


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