1 provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches" [syn: alleviate, palliate, assuage]
2 free someone temporarily from his or her obligations [syn: take over]
3 grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to; "She exempted me from the exam" [syn: exempt, free] [ant: enforce]
4 lessen the intensity of or calm; "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears" [syn: still, allay, ease]
6 relieve oneself of troubling information [syn: unbosom]
7 alleviate or remove; "relieve the pressure and the stress"
8 provide relief for; "remedy his illness" [syn: remedy]
9 free from a burden, evil, or distress
10 take by stealing; "The thief relieved me of $100"
- Rhymes: -iːv
- To lift up; to raise again, as one who has fallen; to cause to rise.
- To cause to seem to rise; to put in relief; to give prominence or conspicuousness to; to set off by contrast.
- To raise up something in; to introduce a contrast or variety into; to remove the monotony or sameness of.
- 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; as, to relieve pain; to relieve the wants of the poor.
- 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; as, to relieve a besieged town.
- 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.
- 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.
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