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Meaning of RELIEVE

Pronunciation:  ri'leev

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches"
  2. [v]  provide relief for; "remedy his illness"
  3. [v]  alleviate or remove; "relieve the pressure and the stress"
  4. [v]  grant exemption or release to; "Please excuse me from this class"
  5. [v]  relieve oneself of troubling information
  6. [v]  lessen the intensity of; calm; as of anxieties and fears
  7. [v]  take by stealing; "The thief relieved me of $100"
  8. [v]  free from a burden, evil, or distress
  9. [v]  free someone temporarily from his or her obligations
  10. [v]  save from ruin or destruction
  11. [v]  grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to; "She exempted me from the exam"

RELIEVE is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: allay, alleviate, assuage, ease, excuse, exempt, exempt, let off, palliate, remedy, salvage, salve, save, still, take over, unbosom
 Antonyms: apply, enforce, implement
 See Also: abreact, absolve, ameliorate, amend, better, care for, comfort, comfort, confide, console, deliver, deregulate, derestrict, discharge, disembarrass, dispense, ease, forgive, frank, free, free, free, improve, justify, meliorate, mitigate, rescue, rid, solace, soothe, soothe, spare, take, treat



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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. levis light. See {Levity}, and cf.
{Relevant}, {Relief}.]
1. To lift up; to raise again, as one who has fallen; to
   cause to rise. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.

2. To cause to seem to rise; to put in relief; to give
   prominence or conspicuousness to; to set off by contrast.

         Her tall figure relieved against the blue sky;
         seemed almost of supernatural height. --Sir W.

3. To raise up something in; to introduce a contrast or
   variety into; to remove the monotony or sameness of.

         The poet must . . . sometimes relieve the subject
         with a moral reflection.              --Addison.

4. To raise or remove, as anything which depresses, weighs
   down, or crushes; to render less burdensome or afflicting;
   to allevate; to-abate; to mitigate; to lessen; as, to
   relieve pain; to relieve the wants of the poor.

5. 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

         Now lend assistance and relieve the poor. --Dryden.

6. 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.

         Who hath relieved you?                --Shak.

7. 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.

Syn: To alleviate; assuage; succor; assist; aid; help;
     support; substain; ease; mitigate; lighten; diminish;
     remove; free; remedy; redress; indemnify.