relieve

relieve
re|lieve [ rı`liv ] verb transitive **
1. ) to make pain or another bad physical feeling less unpleasant:
Use a cooling gel to relieve the discomfort of sunburn.
Your headaches can easily be relieved by regular aspirin.
2. ) to replace someone when they finish work:
The night guards arrived to relieve the daytime crew.
3. ) FORMAL to free a castle or a town that has been surrounded by enemy forces
4. ) to make a situation less boring:
Reading helped to relieve the boredom while he was ill.
a ) to make a problem or bad situation less serious:
The project is designed to relieve traffic congestion on the main routes into the city.
relieve someone of something
1. ) to take a responsibility or obligation from someone so that they do not have to do it:
The new law relieves the mayor of responsibility for the police force.
2. ) FORMAL to make someone leave their job, usually because they have done something wrong:
I have been relieved of my position as Artistic Director.
3. ) HUMOROUS to steal something from someone:
It was a clever attempt to relieve him of his fortune.
relieve yourself FORMAL
to use the toilet

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • relieve — re‧lieve [rɪˈliːv] verb [transitive] to make a bad situation less severe: • Its Japanese parent company is expected to inject capital to relieve its crushing $3 billion debt. relieve somebody of something phrasal verb [transitive] 1. to help… …   Financial and business terms

  • Relieve — Re*lieve (r? l?v ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Relieved} ( l?vd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Relieving}.] [OE. releven, F. relever to raise again, discharge, relieve, fr. L. relevare to lift up, raise, make light, relieve; pref. re re + levare to raise, fr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • relieve — 1. m. Labor o figura que resalta sobre el plano. 2. Conjunto de formas complejas que accidentan la superficie del globo terráqueo. 3. Importancia o renombre de alguien o algo. 4. Pint. Realce o bulto que aparentan algunas cosas pintadas. 5.… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • relieve — [ri lēv′] vt. relieved, relieving [ME releven < OFr relever < L relevare, to lift up again < re , again + levare, to raise: see LEVER] 1. a) to ease, lighten, or reduce (pain, anxiety, etc.) b) to free (a person) from pain, discomfort,… …   English World dictionary

  • relieve — relieve, alleviate, lighten, assuage, mitigate, allay are comparable when they mean to make something tolerable or less grievous. Though they are often used interchangeably, they are clearly distinguishable. Relieve implies a lifting of enough of …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Relieve — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda El término relieve puede referirse a: Relieve terrestre, para las formas que adopta la superficie de la corteza terrestre. Relieve (arte), para la técnica escultórica. Obtenido de Relieve Categoría:… …   Wikipedia Español

  • relieve — re·lieve vt re·lieved, re·liev·ing: to set free from a duty, burden, or liability cannot be relieved of his negligence the trust cannot relieve the trustees of those very basic duties that the law imposes Hosey v. Burgess, 890 S.W.2d 262 (1995)… …   Law dictionary

  • relieve — 1. alto relieve. → altorrelieve. 2. bajo relieve. → bajorrelieve …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • relieve — [v1] make less painful; let up on abate, allay, alleviate, appease, assuage, break, brighten, calm, comfort, console, cure, decrease, diminish, divert, dull, ease, free, interrupt, lighten, mitigate, moderate, mollify, palliate, qualify, quiet,… …   New thesaurus

  • relieve — ► VERB 1) alleviate or remove (pain, distress, or difficulty). 2) (usu. be relieved) cause (someone) to stop feeling distressed or anxious. 3) release (someone) from duty by taking their place. 4) (relieve of) take (a burden or responsibility)… …   English terms dictionary

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