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tr.v. re·lieved, re·liev·ing, re·lieves
a. To cause a lessening or alleviation of: relieved all his symptoms; relieved the tension.
b. To make less tedious, monotonous, or unpleasant: Only one small candle relieved the gloom.
2. To free from pain, anxiety, or distress: I was relieved by the news that they had arrived home safely.
a. To furnish assistance or aid to: relieve the flooded region.
b. To rescue from siege.
a. To release (a person) from an obligation, restriction, or burden.
b. To free from a specified duty by providing or acting as a substitute.
c. Baseball To enter the game as a relief pitcher after (another pitcher).
5. Informal To rob or deprive: Pickpockets relieved him of his money.
6. Archaic To make prominent or effective by contrast; set off.
relieve (oneself)
To urinate or defecate.

[Middle English releven, from Old French relever, from Latin relevāre : re-, re- + levāre, to raise; see legwh- in Indo-European roots.]

re·liev′a·ble adj.
Synonyms: relieve, allay, alleviate, assuage, lighten2, mitigate, palliate
These verbs mean to make something less severe or more bearable. To relieve is to make more endurable something causing discomfort or distress: "that misery which he strives in vain to relieve" (Henry David Thoreau).
Allay suggests at least temporary relief from what is burdensome or painful: "This music crept by me upon the waters, / Allaying both their fury and my passion / With its sweet air" (Shakespeare).
Alleviate connotes temporary lessening of distress without removal of its cause: "No arguments shall be wanting on my part that can alleviate so severe a misfortune" (Jane Austen).
To assuage is to soothe or make milder: assuaged his guilt by confessing to the crime. Lighten signifies to make less heavy or oppressive: legislation that would lighten the taxpayer's burden. Mitigate and palliate connote moderating the force or intensity of something that causes suffering: "I ... prayed to the Lord to mitigate a calamity" (John Galt)."Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing" (Ernest Hemingway).
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The landlord eyed him over but did not find him as good as Don Quixote said, nor even half as good; and putting him up in the stable, he returned to see what might be wanted by his guest, whom the damsels, who had by this time made their peace with him, were now relieving of his armour.
"I am only doubting whether your plan for relieving Mr.
In short, the whole scene was so gloomy and melancholy, that it threw my spirits into the lowest dejection; which my husband discerning, instead of relieving, encreased by two or three malicious observations.
According to an official statement, Alok Nigam, Additional Chief Secretary, Public Works (Building and Roads) and Architecture Departments, has been given additional charge of Additional Chief Secretary, Forests Department relieving SN Roy of the said charge.
Nakoru said relieving oneself in the bush is backward and asked public health officers in the region to arrest anybody doing so.
PESHAWAR -- Mohammad Ali Asghar (PAS BPS-18 ) Deputy Commissioner Bannu has been transferred and posted Deputy Commissioner Peshawar relieving Imran Hamid Shaikh who has been posted as Additional Secretary Excise and Taxation Department in his own pay and scale.
(9) Instead of relieving my emotional pain, what you have said has increased my trauma.
He, however, clarified that his relieving him from his post doesn't mean that he already committed lapses.
When contacted, FBR spokesperson Dr Muhammad Iqbal said that it is not unusual to issue notifications for relieving officials from their duties, who had been given new assignments.
Riyadh , Safar 19, 1435, Dec 22, 2013, SPA -- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued today the following royal order: First: Relieving Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud, the Minister of Education, of his post upon his request.
| RIYADH, Dec 22 (KUNA) -- Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued on Sunday a royal order relieving Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud, the Minister of Education, of his post upon his request.