Relieve - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈliːv|  American pronunciation of the word relieve
Brit.  |rɪˈliːv|  British pronunciation of the word relieve


- provide physical relief, as from pain(syn: alleviate, assuage, palliate)
- free someone temporarily from his or her obligations
- grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to (syn: exempt, free)
- lessen the intensity of or calm (syn: allay, ease, still)
- save from ruin, destruction, or harm (syn: salvage, salve, save)
- relieve oneself of troubling information (syn: unbosom)
- provide relief for (syn: remedy)

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I took a pill to relieve my headache.

I wish I could relieve your suffering.

What's the best way to relieve stress?

She tried to relieve the tension by making a joke.

an effort to relieve traffic congestion

We need to find ways to relieve overcrowding in our schools.

I've come to relieve the guard on duty.

The soldiers were relieved by 30,000 fresh troops.

This medicine will help to relieve you from your pain.

Let me relieve you of your case.

The captain was relieved from / of his post when his guilt was proved.

Drugs helped to relieve the pain.

Some people eat for comfort, to relieve their anxieties.

The guard will be relieved at midnight.

The books helped relieve the boredom of waiting.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: relieve
he/she/it: relieves
present participle: relieving
past tense: relieved
past participle: relieved
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