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Relieve - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Relieve' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Relieve [ v. t.]
- 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.

Meaning of 'Relieve' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . relieve [ v]
Meaning (1):
- alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive
Example in sentence:
  • lighten the burden of caring for her elderly parents;
  • relieve the pressure and the stress
Meaning (2):
- grant exemption or release to
Example in sentence:
  • Please excuse me from this class
Meaning (3):
- provide relief for
Example in sentence:
  • remedy his illness
Meaning (4):
- grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
Example in sentence:
  • She exempted me from the exam
Meaning (5):
- lessen the intensity of or calm
Example in sentence:
  • still the fears;
  • The news eased my conscience
Meaning (6):
- take by stealing
Example in sentence:
  • The thief relieved me of $100
Meaning (7):
- provide physical relief, as from pain
Example in sentence:
  • This pill will relieve your headaches