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RELIEVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does relieve mean? 

RELIEVE (verb)
  The verb RELIEVE has 11 senses:

1. provide physical relief, as from pain
2. free someone temporarily from his or her obligations
3. grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
4. lessen the intensity of or calm
5. save from ruin, destruction, or harm
6. relieve oneself of troubling information
7. alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive
8. provide relief for
9. free from a burden, evil, or distress
10. take by stealing
11. grant exemption or release to

  Familiarity information: RELIEVE used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


RELIEVE (verb)


Sense 1relieve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide physical relief, as from pain

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

alleviate; relieve; palliate; assuage

Context example:

This pill will relieve your headaches

Hypernyms (to "relieve" is one way to...):

ameliorate; amend; better; improve; meliorate (to make better)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "relieve"):

soothe (cause to feel better)

comfort; ease (lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2relieve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free someone temporarily from his or her obligations

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

relieve; take over

Hypernyms (to "relieve" is one way to...):

discharge; free (free from obligations or duties)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "relieve"):

spell (relieve (someone) from work by taking a turn)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot relieve Sue


Sense 3relieve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

exempt; relieve; free

Context example:

She exempted me from the exam

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "relieve"):

forgive (absolve from payment)

dispense (grant a dispensation; grant an exemption)

deregulate (lift the regulations on)

derestrict (make free from restrictions)

spare (save or relieve from an experience or action)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody PP


Sense 4relieve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lessen the intensity of or calm

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

allay; still; ease; relieve

Context examples:

The news eased my conscience / still the fears

Hypernyms (to "relieve" is one way to...):

comfort; console; solace; soothe (give moral or emotional strength to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "relieve"):

abreact (discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

The good news will relieve her


Sense 5relieve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Save from ruin, destruction, or harm

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

save; salvage; salve; relieve

Hypernyms (to "relieve" is one way to...):

deliver; rescue (free from harm or evil)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 6relieve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relieve oneself of troubling information

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

unbosom; relieve

Hypernyms (to "relieve" is one way to...):

confide (reveal in private; tell confidentially)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They relieve themselves


Sense 7relieve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

relieve; lighten

Context examples:

relieve the pressure and the stress / lighten the burden of caring for her elderly parents

Hypernyms (to "relieve" is one way to...):

mitigate (make less severe or harsh)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 8relieve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide relief for

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

remedy; relieve

Context example:

remedy his illness

Hypernyms (to "relieve" is one way to...):

care for; treat (provide treatment for)

Domain category:

medicine; practice of medicine (the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 9relieve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free from a burden, evil, or distress

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Hypernyms (to "relieve" is one way to...):

disembarrass; free; rid (relieve from)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody of something


Sense 10relieve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take by stealing

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

The thief relieved me of $100

Hypernyms (to "relieve" is one way to...):

take (take by force)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody of something

Sentence example:

They relieve him of all his money


Sense 11relieve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Grant exemption or release to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

let off; excuse; exempt; relieve

Context example:

Please excuse me from this class

Hypernyms (to "relieve" is one way to...):

absolve; free; justify (let off the hook)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "relieve"):

frank (exempt by means of an official pass or letter, as from customs or other checks)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Sentence example:

Sam cannot relieve Sue


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