relieve - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlerelieving
past tenserelieved
past participlerelieved
  1. 1
    to make pain or another bad physical feeling less unpleasant

    Use a cooling gel to relieve the discomfort of sunburn.

  2. 2
    to make a situation less boring

    Reading helped to relieve the boredom while he was ill.

  3. 3
    to replace someone when they finish work

    The night guards arrived to relieve the daytime crew.

  4. 4
    formal to free a castle or a town that has been surrounded by enemy forces

phrasal verbs