Definitions of relieve

  1. lessen the intensity of; calm; as of anxieties and fears
  2. provide physical relief, as from pain; " This pill will relieve your headaches"
  3. grant exemption or release to; " Please excuse me from this class"
  4. provide relief for; " remedy his illness"
  5. alleviate or remove; " relieve the pressure and the stress"
  6. relieve oneself of troubling information
  7. take by stealing; " The thief relieved me of $ 100"
  8. free from a burden, evil, or distress
  9. free someone temporarily from his or her obligations
  10. lessen the intensity of or calm; " The news eased my conscience"; " still the fears"
  11. save from ruin, destruction, or harm
  12. To lift up; to raise again, as one who has fallen; to cause to rise.
  13. To cause to seem to rise; to put in relief; to give prominence or conspicuousness to; to set off by contrast.
  14. To raise up something in; to introduce a contrast or variety into; to remove the monotony or sameness of.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. To free from pain, suffering, grief, etc.; as, to relieve an anxious mind; give comfort or aid to; as, to relieve the needy; reduce in severity; lessen; as, to relieve anxiety; to free from a post of duty; as, to relieve a patrol; make less grave or gloomy; light up; as, a little pleausre relieves the monotony of work; bring out by contrast; as, a touch of red will relieve the black.
  20. Relievable.
  21. To free wholly or partly from pain or discomfort, either physical or mental.
  22. To remove from that which weighs down or depresses: to lessen: to ease: to help: to release: ( fine art) to set off by contrast: ( law) to redress.
  23. To ease; succor; release; bring forward; set off.
  24. To free from pain or trouble.
  25. To alleviate; lessen; soften; lighten.
  26. To bring out into relief from a surface.
  27. ( 1) To reenforce. ( 2) To releasc, as a sentinel, by substitution.
  28. To set free from pain, grief, & c.; to ease; to alleviate; to release from a post of duty; to mitigate; to assist.
  29. To set free in whole or in part, as from any pain of body or distress of mind; to mitigate; to alleviate; to help; to succour; to release, as from a post or duty.

Usage examples for relieve

  1. I'll relieve you directly." – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  2. Hiram tied his rope to a tree, and then ran back to relieve me. – The Young Forester by Zane Grey
  3. The very possibility was fearful; and as it flashed upon her mind, Emily went to the window to relieve herself from the oppressive gloom of a sick chamber, by looking upon the heavenly beauty of a cloud- less night. – Amy Herbert by Elizabeth Sewell
  4. I have come here now, not merely to tell you this, but to add that I intend to relieve you of the care of- ah, the little boy. – An Old Chester Secret by Margaret Deland
  5. Shall I relieve you of your gun? – Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  6. You can't think, sir, how you relieve my mind. – News from the Duchy by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  7. Later we may be able to hit upon some plan to relieve you of the burden of the crown. – The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  8. Relieve your feelings, my boy!" – The Silent Mill by Hermann Sudermann
  9. Her husband, when the matter was being discussed, at once made her understand that he would not relieve her by an offer to perform the task. – The Claverings by Anthony Trollope
  10. There was nothing to relieve the situation. – Out of the Fog by C. K. Ober
  11. I wish I could relieve your mind of everything else as easily. – The Hunt Ball Mystery by Magnay, William
  12. Early that afternoon Peter's father took him home to relieve the anxiety he knew the boy's mother must be feeling. – Some Three Hundred Years Ago by Edith Gilman Brewster
  13. " I called you up to relieve your mind regarding the young woman who came last night," he said. – Green Fancy by George Barr McCutcheon
  14. If he could not win her for himself he could, at least, find out the cause and help relieve her pain. – Peter A Novel of Which He is Not the Hero by F. Hopkinson Smith
  15. At midnight Carew came on deck to relieve the mate. – A Desperate Voyage by Edward Frederick Knight
  16. " Well, we will soon relieve their anxiety," replied Mr Braine. – The Rajah of Dah by George Manville Fenn
  17. He had not dared to ask the tailor how much ready money he would take down to abandon the lady, and thus to relieve them all from that difficulty. – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope
  18. Did your speech mean that you would not press the Egyptian Government to relieve Claridge Pasha at once? – The Weavers, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  19. " In that case"- he produced a paper-" it becomes my duty to relieve you." – The Short Line War by Merwin-Webster
  20. The centinels relieve guard. – A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume One by Thomas Frognall Dibdin