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relieve

re·lieve

relieve

 
 
pronunciation:
rih liv
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: relieved, relieves, relieving
definition 1: to ease or reduce (pain, suffering, need, worry, or the like).
Aspirin usually relieves my headaches.These herbs are said to relieve pain.Yoga is useful for relieving stress.It took only a phone call to relieve all our worries.She leafed through a magazine to relieve the boredom.
synonyms:
allay, alleviate, assuage, palliate, soothe
antonyms:
aggravate, exacerbate, intensify
similar words:
comfort, ease, lighten, mitigate, remedy, salve, treat
definition 2: to liberate from fear, anxiety, distress or other burdensome condition.
It relieves me to hear that they're all safe.
synonyms:
cure, deliver, ease, free, liberate
antonyms:
alarm, burden, distress
similar words:
allay, appease, heal, quiet, redress, save
definition 3: to break or interrupt (something tedious).
synonyms:
break, vary
similar words:
alleviate, interrupt
definition 4: to lower the pressure, weight, or tension of.
synonyms:
allay, alleviate, lighten
antonyms:
intensify
similar words:
assuage, lessen, mitigate, mollify, slack, unburden, vent
definition 5: to take over the duties of.
synonyms:
spell
similar words:
replace, substitute for
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derivations: relievable (adj.), relievedly (adv.), reliever (n.)