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verb [transitive] relieve pronunciation in American English /rɪˈliv/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrelieve
he/she/itrelieves
present participlerelieving
past tenserelieved
past participlerelieved

Related meanings

  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 replace someone when they finish work

    The night guards arrived to relieve the daytime crew.

  3. 4
    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 project is designed to relieve traffic congestion on the main routes into the city.

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