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relieve

verb

1 relieve

Provide physical relief, as from pain:
— This pill will relieve your headaches.

synonyms: alleviate, assuage, palliate.

Roget 658: improve; be better, become better, get better; mend, amend.    advance etc. (progress) 282; ascend etc. 305; increase ... show more

Roget 662: apply a remedy etc. n.; doctor, dose, physic, nurse, minister to, attend, dress the wounds, plaster; drain; prevent ... show more

Roget 707: aid, assist, help, succor, lend one's aid; come to the aid etc. n.. of; contribute, subscribe to; bring aid, give aid, furnish aid, ... show more

Roget 834: relieve, ease, alleviate, mitigate, palliate, soothe; salve; soften, soften down; foment, stupe, poultice; assuage, allay.    ... show more

Dutch: kalmeren, milderen, verlichten, verzachten



2 relieve

Free someone temporarily from his or her obligations.

synonym: take over.

3 relieve

Grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to.

synonyms: exempt, free.

Roget 705: be easy etc. adj.; go on smoothly, run smoothly; have full play etc. n.; go on all fours, run on all fours; obey the helm, work well.    flow with the stream, swim with the stream, ... show more

4 relieve

Lessen the intensity of or calm.

synonyms: allay, ease, still.

Dutch: bedaren, tot bedaren brengen, verminderen, opluchten

5 relieve

Save from ruin, destruction, or harm.

synonyms: salvage, salve, save.

6 relieve

Relieve oneself of troubling information.

synonym: unbosom.

Dutch: ontboezemen

7 relieve

Provide relief for.

synonym: remedy.

8 relieve

Free from a burden, evil, or distress.

9 relieve

Take by stealing.

10 relieve

Grant exemption or release to.

synonyms: excuse, exempt, let off.

11 relieve

Alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive:
— Relieve the pressure and the stress.

synonym: lighten.


noun

Roget 557: sculpture, insculpture; carving etc. v.; statuary.    high relief, low relief, bas relief [Fr.]; relief; relieve; bassorilievo, altorilievo, mezzorilievo; ... show more

Moby thesaurus: abate, abet, abridge, absolve, act for, aid, allay, alleviate, alternate, anesthetize, appease, assist, assuage, assure, avail, bail out, be light, bear a hand, bear up, befriend ... show more.

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