relieve Definition

  • 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!

  • Example

    The medicine should relieve the pain.

  • Example

    Talking to a friend can relieve stress and anxiety.

  • Example

    I'll come in early tomorrow to relieve you.

relieve Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for relieve

Idioms Using relieve

  • an expression of relief that something difficult or unpleasant has passed


    After the exam, she breathed a sigh of relief.

  • provide assistance or support to someone in need


    The charity aims to give relief to those affected by the disaster.

  • bring relief

    provide a welcome change from something unpleasant


    The rain brought relief from the heat.

Phrases with relieve

  • urinate or defecate


    Excuse me, I need to relieve myself.

  • make something less tedious or monotonous


    Playing games can relieve the boredom of a long journey.

  • reduce or remove feelings of nervousness or unease


    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.

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