Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
relieve

re·lieve

relieve

 
pronunciation:
rih liv
part of speech: verb
inflections: relieved, relieves, relieving
definition 1: to make less painful or troubling; ease.
Hot tea will relieve your sore throat.She relieved my worries about the exam.
synonyms:
soothe
antonyms:
aggravate, intensify
similar words:
comfort, ease, lighten, remedy, treat
definition 2: to free from fear, worry, need, or poverty.
It relieves me to hear that you are all right.
synonyms:
cure, deliver, ease, liberate
antonyms:
alarm, burden, distress
similar words:
appease, heal, save
definition 3: to take over the work of.
At noon, a new crew will relieve the morning workers.
synonyms:
spell
similar words:
replace, substitute for
derivations: relievable (adj.), relievedly (adv.), reliever (n.)