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Relieve /rɪ'liːv/ is a verb. If something relieves an unpleasant feeling, it makes it less unpleasant.
If someone or something relieves you of an unpleasant feeling or difficulty, you no longer have it.
Relieve is often used in the passive structure be relieved. If you are relieved, you feel happy because something unpleasant has stopped or has not happened.
Be relieved is often followed by a to-infinitive.
Relief /rɪ'liːf/ is a noun. If you feel relief, you feel glad because something unpleasant has stopped or has not happened.
Relief is also money, food, or clothing that is provided for people who are very poor or hungry.
|Noun||1.||relief - the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced; "as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief"|
comfort - a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment
|2.||relief - the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress); "he enjoyed his relief from responsibility"; "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"|
comfort, comfortableness - a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain; "he is a man who enjoys his comfort"; "she longed for the comfortableness of her armchair"
|3.||relief - (law) redress awarded by a court; "was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?"|
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
|4.||relief - someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult); "the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes"; "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins"|
locum, locum tenens - someone (physician or clergyman) who substitutes temporarily for another member of the same profession
stunt man, stunt woman, double - a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts; "his first job in Hollywood was as a double for Clark Gable"
|5.||relief - assistance in time of difficulty; "the contributions provided some relief for the victims"|
assist, assistance, help, aid - the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "he gave me an assist with the housework"; "could not walk without assistance"; "rescue party went to their aid"; "offered his help in unloading"
consolation, solace, comfort - the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction; "his presence was a consolation to her"
mercy - alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed; "distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy"
|6.||relief - a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"|
pause, suspension, intermission, interruption, break - a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
|7.||relief - a change for the better|
alteration, change, modification - an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"
disembarrassment - something that extricates you from embarrassment
breath of fresh air - a welcome relief; "the new management was like a breath of fresh air"
|8.||relief - aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped; "he has been on relief for many years"|
|9.||relief - the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance); "he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"|
spasmolysis - the relaxation or relief of muscle spasms
detente - the easing of tensions or strained relations (especially between nations)
palliation - easing the severity of a pain or a disease without removing the cause
|10.||relief - sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background|
alto relievo, alto rilievo, high relief - a sculptural relief in which forms extend out from the background to at least half their depth
bas relief, basso relievo, basso rilievo, low relief - a sculptural relief in which forms extend only slightly from the background; no figures are undercut
sculpture - a three-dimensional work of plastic art
|11.||relief - the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged; "he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta"|
that's a relief! → ¡qué alivio!
the news came as a great relief to her parents → la noticia fue un gran alivio para sus padres
there was a sense of relief that the war was finally over → todos sintieron un gran alivio cuando se supo que la guerra había terminado por fin
the relief of nasal congestion → el alivio de la congestión nasal
to bring or give or provide relief from sth → aliviar algo
drugs provide relief from the pain → las drogas alivian el dolor
to heave or breathe a sigh of relief → dar un suspiro de alivio
to our (great) relief, she accepted → para (gran) alivio nuestro, aceptó
she almost wept with or in relief → casi lloró del alivio que sintió
by way of light relief → a modo de diversión
see also comic
disaster relief auxilio a las víctimas de una catástrofe
relief efforts have been hampered by the rains → la lluvia ha dificultado las operaciones de auxilio
see also famine
poor relief (Brit) (Hist) → socorro m, beneficencia f
in relief → en relieve
in high/low relief → en alto/bajo relieve
to stand out in (bold or sharp or stark) relief against sth (lit, fig) → contrastar dramáticamente con algo
to throw or bring sth into (sharp) relief (fig) → poner algo de relieve, hacer resaltar algo
see also bas-relief
relief driver N → conductor(a) m/f de relevo
relief fund N → fondo m de auxilio (a los damnificados)
relief map N → mapa m físico or de relieve; (3-D) → mapa m en relieve
relief road N → carretera f de descongestión
relief supplies NPL → provisiones fpl de auxilio
relief troops NPL → tropas fpl de relevo
That's a relief! → Quel soulagement!
It's a great relief to be back → C'est un grand soulagement que d'être de retour.
to sb's relief
To my relief, he said yes → À mon soulagement, il a dit oui.
to breathe a sigh of relief → pousser un soupir de soulagement
relief from sth → soulagement de qch
lasting relief from the symptoms of hay fever → un soulagement durable des symptômes du rhume des foins pain relief
emergency relief → secours d'urgence
humanitarian relief → secours humanitaires
famine relief → aide aux victimes de la famine
disaster relief → aide aux victimes de catastrophes
by way of light relief → come diversivo
that's a relief! → che sollievo!