- 1cause (pain, distress, or difficulty) to become less severe or serious
- 2cause (someone) to stop feeling distressed or anxious
- 3take over from (someone) in a job or duty
Using relieve: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "relieve" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
The medicine should relieve the pain.
Talking to a friend can relieve stress and anxiety.
I'll come in early tomorrow to relieve you.
relieve Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using relieve
After the exam, she breathed a sigh of relief.
The charity aims to give relief to those affected by the disaster.
provide a welcome change from something unpleasant
The rain brought relief from the heat.
Phrases with relieve
Excuse me, I need to relieve myself.
Playing games can relieve the boredom of a long journey.
A good joke can relieve the tension in a room.
Origins of relieve
from Old French 'relever', from Latin 'relevare', meaning 'to lift up again'
Summary: relieve in Brief
To 'relieve' [rɪˈliːv] is to reduce or remove pain, distress, or difficulty, such as with medicine or talking to a friend. It can also mean to take over a job or duty, as in 'I'll come in early tomorrow to relieve you.' The phrase 'relieve oneself' refers to urinating or defecating, while 'a sigh of relief' expresses relief that something difficult has passed.