verb (used with object), relieved, relieving.
to ease or alleviate (pain, distress, anxiety, need, etc.).
to free from anxiety, fear, pain, etc.
to free from need, poverty, etc.
to bring effective aid to (a besieged town, military position, etc.).
to ease (a person) of any burden, wrong, or oppression, as by legal means.
to reduce (a pressure, load, weight, etc., on a device or object under stress):
to relieve the steam pressure; to relieve the stress on the supporting walls.
to make less tedious, unpleasant, or monotonous; break or vary the sameness of:
curtains to relieve the drabness of the room.
to bring into relief or prominence; heighten the effect of.
to release (one on duty) by coming as or providing a substitute or replacement.
to free (a closed space, as a tank, boiler, etc.) of more than a desirable pressure or vacuum.
to reduce (the pressure or vacuum in such a space) to a desirable level.
Baseball. to replace (a pitcher).
verb (used without object), relieved, relieving.
Baseball. to act as a relief pitcher:
He relieved in 52 games for the Pirates last season.
to relieve oneself, to urinate or defecate.
(postpositive; often foll by at, about, etc) experiencing relief, esp from worry or anxiety
(mechanical engineering) having part of the surface cut away to avoid friction or wear
to bring alleviation of (pain, distress, etc) to (someone)
to bring aid or assistance to (someone in need, a disaster area, etc)
to take over the duties or watch of (someone)
to bring aid or a relieving force to (a besieged town, city, etc)
to free (someone) from an obligation
to make (something) less unpleasant, arduous, or monotonous
to bring into relief or prominence, as by contrast
(foll by of) (informal) to take from: the thief relieved him of his watch
relieve oneself, to urinate or defecate
relieve re·lieve (rĭ-lēv’)
v. re·lieved, re·liev·ing, re·lieves
To cause a lessening or alleviation of something, such as pain, tension, or a symptom.
To free an individual from pain, anxiety, or distress.
noun 1. a person or thing that relieves. 2. Baseball. relief pitcher. noun 1. (baseball) another name for relief pitcher
verb (used with object), relieved, relieving. 1. to ease or alleviate (pain, distress, anxiety, need, etc.). 2. to free from anxiety, fear, pain, etc. 3. to free from need, poverty, etc. 4. to bring effective aid to (a besieged town, military position, etc.). 5. to ease (a person) of any burden, wrong, or oppression, as […]
noun 1. discharging arch.
noun, plural relievos. 1. Obsolete. relief2 (defs 2, 3). noun (pl) -vos 1. another name for relief (sense 9)