Definition and Meanings for relieve

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Relieve is ranked 3,793 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of relieve

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

Etymology of relieve

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

Meaning of relieve


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.
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