Associations to the word «Relieve»


RELIEVE, verb. To ease (a person, person's thoughts etc.) from mental distress; to stop (someone) feeling anxious or worried, to alleviate the distress of. [from 14th c.]
RELIEVE, verb. To ease (someone, a part of the body etc.) or give relief from physical pain or discomfort. [from 14th c.]
RELIEVE, verb. To alleviate (pain, distress, mental discomfort etc.). [from 14th c.]
RELIEVE, verb. To provide comfort or assistance to (someone in need, especially in poverty). [from 14th c.]
RELIEVE, verb. (obsolete) To lift up; to raise again. [15th-17th c.]
RELIEVE, verb. (now rare) To raise (someone) out of danger or from (a specified difficulty etc.). [from 15th c.]
RELIEVE, verb. (legal) To free (someone) from debt or legal obligations; to give legal relief to. [from 15th c.]
RELIEVE, verb. To bring military help to (a besieged town); to lift the seige on. [from 16th c.]
RELIEVE, verb. To release (someone) from or of a difficulty, unwanted task, responsibility etc. [from 16th c.]
RELIEVE, verb. (military) (job) To free (someone) from their post, task etc. by taking their place. [from 16th c.]
RELIEVE, verb. (now rare) To make (something) stand out; to make prominent, bring into relief. [from 18th c.]
RELIEVE, verb. (reflexive) To go to the toilet; to defecate or urinate. [from 20th c.]
RELIEVE ONESELF, verb. To urinate and/or defecate.

Dictionary definition

RELIEVE, verb. Provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches".
RELIEVE, verb. Free someone temporarily from his or her obligations.
RELIEVE, verb. Grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to; "She exempted me from the exam".
RELIEVE, verb. Lessen the intensity of or calm; "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears".
RELIEVE, verb. Save from ruin, destruction, or harm.
RELIEVE, verb. Relieve oneself of troubling information.
RELIEVE, verb. Provide relief for; "remedy his illness".
RELIEVE, verb. Free from a burden, evil, or distress.
RELIEVE, verb. Take by stealing; "The thief relieved me of $100".
RELIEVE, verb. Grant exemption or release to; "Please excuse me from this class".
RELIEVE, verb. 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".

Wise words

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe