• WordNet 3.6
    • v relieve provide physical relief, as from pain "This pill will relieve your headaches"
    • v relieve provide relief for "remedy his illness"
    • v relieve alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive "relieve the pressure and the stress","lighten the burden of caring for her elderly parents"
    • v relieve grant exemption or release to "Please excuse me from this class"
    • v relieve relieve oneself of troubling information
    • v relieve lessen the intensity of or calm "The news eased my conscience","still the fears"
    • v relieve take by stealing "The thief relieved me of $100"
    • v relieve free from a burden, evil, or distress
    • v relieve free someone temporarily from his or her obligations
    • v relieve save from ruin, destruction, or harm
    • v relieve grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to "She exempted me from the exam"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People drank gold powder mixed in with water in medieval Europe to relieve pain from sore limbs
    • Relieve 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."
    • Relieve 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.
    • Relieve 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. "Now lend assistance and relieve the poor."
    • Relieve To lift up; to raise again, as one who has fallen; to cause to rise.
    • Relieve 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.
    • Relieve 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."
    • Relieve 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?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Queen Victoria used marijuana, to help relieve menstrual cramp pain
    • relieve To lift up; set up a second time; hence, to collect; assemble.
    • relieve To remove, wholly or partially, as anything that depresses, weighs down, pains, oppresses, etc.; mitigate; alleviate; lessen.
    • relieve To free, wholly or partly, from pain, grief, want, anxiety, trouble, encumbrance, or anything that is considered to be an evil; give ease, comfort, or consolation to; help; aid; support; succor: as, to relieve the poor and needy.
    • relieve Specifically, to bring efficient help to (a besieged place); raise the siege of.
    • relieve To release from a post, station, task, or duty by substituting another person or party; put another in the place of, or take the place of, in the performance of any duty, the bearing of any burden, or the like: as, to relieve a sentinel or guard.
    • relieve To ease of any burden, wrong, or oppression by judicial or legislative interposition, by indemnification for losses, or the like; right.
    • relieve To give assistance to; support.
    • relieve To mitigate; lessen; soften.
    • relieve To give relief or prominence to, literally or figuratively; hence, to give contrast to; heighten the effect or interest of, by contrast or variety.
    • relieve Synonyms Mitigate. Assuage, etc. (see alleviate); diminish, lighten.
    • relieve To rise; arise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1899, a pharmacist named George Bunting blended his own cold cream, which, in addition to removing makeup and relieving sunburn, gained popularity for its ability to cure eczema. The product's claim of "No Eczema" led to its name, Noxzema.
    • v.t Relieve rē-lēv′ to remove from that which weighs down or depresses: to lessen: to ease: to help: to release: to support: to mitigate: to raise the siege of: :
    • v.t Relieve rē-lēv′ (art) to set off by contrast
    • v.t Relieve rē-lēv′ (law) to redress
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  • Horace Mann
    “To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.”
  • Margaret Fuller
    “Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.”
  • Bill Baughan
    Bill Baughan
    “In the game of life it's a good idea to have a few early losses, which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season.”
  • Walter Benjamin
    “Quotations in my work are like wayside robbers who leap out armed and relieve the stroller of his conviction.”
  • Victor Robinson
    Victor Robinson
    “Widows are divided into two classes -- the bereaved and relieved.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Work relieves us from three great evils, boredom, vice, and want.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. relever, to raise again—L. relevārere-, again, levāre, to raise—levis, light.


In literature:

One of them shall relieve you, shortly.
"Both Sides the Border" by G. A. Henty
On July 1, before the Second was relieved, it captured the village of Vaux with most splendid precision.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
Suffer me to supply the place of your lost Eustace, and to relieve the pious duties of your daughter.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
Jeanne was introduced into the town with a strong relieving army.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
One glance at their father, who introduced himself to Miss O'Neill as John Husted, relieved her mind greatly.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
But before anything came of her good-natured intention fate arranged pleasantly to relieve her of the responsibility.
"One Woman's Life" by Robert Herrick
He must have been relieved, indeed, when he saw you reach them.
"With Frederick the Great" by G. A. Henty
He was quite relieved to find that his good leg had not been hit.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
After being relieved of its contents, the uterus and other organs rapidly return to nearly their original size.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
On the 24th to the 27th August the Division was relieving the Canadians on the Hill 70 front.
"A Short History of the 6th Division"

In poetry:

Son of Oscian, said Dermid, I love;
O Oscur, I love this maid. But her
soul cleaveth unto thee; and nothing
can heal Dermid. Here, pierce this
bosom, Oscur; relieve me, my friend,
with thy sword.
"Fragment VII" by James Macpherson
When, all awake, we shout and sing,
And dance and gambol in a ring,
Or, healthful hunger to relieve,
Our stated wholesome meals receive, When this is past and day is done,
Whom should we love to think upon?
"Devotional Song For A Negro Child" by Joanna Baillie
But He that rides upon the storms,
Whose voice in thunder rolls along:
In his own time will make a way
To relieve the oppressed of Africa.
O, Prince of Glory be their friend!
And keep them faithful to the end.
"Hymn 12" by Noah Calwell W Cannon
An aged shepherd heard her moan,
And thus in pity's kindest tone
Address'd the lost despairing maid:
Cease, cease unhappy fair to grieve,
For sounds, tho' sweet, can ne'er relieve
A breaking heart by love betray'd.
"Songs" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
Reliev'd from cares that lately spread
A tempest round a wand'rer's head,
Arriv'd at length, where tumults cease,
And all within is hope and peace,
The warning seraph whispers low,
'Remember Worth, and each M*****!'
"To Miss Jean And Miss Isabella Monro, With Two Bottles Of The Otta Of Roses" by Hector MacNeill
I cannot skill of these thy ways:
Lord thou didst make me, yet you woundest me:
Lord, thou dost wound me, yet thou dost relieve me:
Lord, thou relievest, yet I die by thee:
Lord, thou dost kill me, yet thou dost reprieve me.
"Justice" by George Herbert

In news:

Children who take a class of opioid pain relievers after certain surgeries may be at risk of death, the Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.
She picked it up when her doctor offered the activity as a way to help relieve arthritis in her hands.
Officials Relieved After Sandy Leaves Cromwell With Minor Damage, 3 Percent Without Power.
WASHINGTON – National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) President Steve Foglesong is relieved the US Senate today voted to extend all expiring tax rates for two years.
READING, England — Jermain Defoe capped a superb individual display with two well-taken goals in Tottenham's 3-1 win over Reading on Sunday, earning manager Andre Villas-Boas a relieving first Premier League victory at the club.
French actor Gerard Depardieu left his fellow airplane passengers horrified after relieving himself on the floor of a jet on Tuesday.
But there's a simple non-drug approach to relieve the dizziness .
Detroit Tigers exercise club options on shortstop Jhonny Peralta, reliever Octavio Dotel .
Right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel .
Now with the Tigers, reliever set to establish mark by playing for record 13th team.
As evidenced here, chief executives relieve their stress through many different hobbies or projects.
The Texas Rangers say reliever Mike Adams will have surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a numbing sensation that sidelined him the last week of the season.
Is there anything I can do to relieve my morning sickness.
Reliever Jason Motte #30 of the St Louis Cardinals pitches against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on October 1, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.
Boggs has become Cardinals' lock-down reliever before Motte .

In science:

NFW profile, it would certainly help relieve the apparent challenge to the ΛCDM model from the central mass density run in clusters.
Early Formation and Late Merging of the Giant Galaxies
It will relieve end users of making decisions among possible ways of their task execution (which includes locating and transferring data to desired sites that appear optimal to user) while preserving fairness.
Using constraint programming to resolve the multi-source/multi-site data movement paradigm on the Grid
Relieving the user from having to deal with memory management issues.
Continuum multi-physics modeling with scripting languages: the Nsim simulation compiler prototype for classical field theory
This helicity suppression is relieved in decays Ds → D∗ s (γ ) → lν (γ ) but should not contaminate the process l = µ by more than one percent and is entirely negligible for l = τ 12,13,14 .
Summary of hints for new physics from (quark) flavour physics
Indeed, with the option of propensity score subclassification, there is little reason to restrict one’s attention entirely to the short list; one can reasonably hope to relieve gross imbalances on any of a longer list of covariates, as well as smaller imbalances on the most important ones.
Covariate Balance in Simple, Stratified and Clustered Comparative Studies