[ ri-leev ]
/ rɪˈliv /

verb (used with object), re·lieved, re·liev·ing.

verb (used without object), re·lieved, re·liev·ing.

Baseball. to act as a relief pitcher: He relieved in 52 games for the Pirates last season.

Idioms for relieve

    to relieve oneself, to urinate or defecate.

Origin of relieve

1300–50; Middle English releven < Middle French relever to raise < Latin relevāre to reduce the load of, lighten, equivalent to re- re- + levāre to raise, derivative of levis light in weight

synonym study for relieve

1. 2. 3. See comfort.


Example sentences from the Web for relieved

British Dictionary definitions for relieved (1 of 2)

/ (rɪˈliːvd) /


(postpositive; often foll by at, about, etc) experiencing relief, esp from worry or anxiety
mechanical engineering having part of the surface cut away to avoid friction or wear

British Dictionary definitions for relieved (2 of 2)

/ (rɪˈliːv) /

verb (tr)

Derived forms of relieve

relievable, adjective

Word Origin for relieve

C14: from Old French relever, from Latin relevāre to lift up, relieve, from re- + levāre to lighten

Medical definitions for relieved

[ rĭ-lēv ]


To cause a lessening or alleviation of something, such as pain, tension, or a symptom.
To free an individual from pain, anxiety, or distress.

Other words from relieve

re•lieva•ble adj.