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verb [transitive] relieve pronunciation in British English /rɪˈliːv/
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present tense
present participlerelieving
past tenserelieved
past participlerelieved

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  1. 1
    to make pain or another bad physical feeling less unpleasant
    Use a cooling gel to relieve the discomfort of sunburn.
    Your headaches can easily be relieved by regular aspirin.
  2. 2
    to make a situation less boring
    Reading helped to relieve the boredom while he was ill.
    1. a.
      to make a problem or bad situation less serious
      The scheme is designed to relieve traffic congestion on the main routes into the city.
  3. 3
    to replace someone when they finish work
    The night guards arrived to relieve the daytime crew.


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