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English verb: relieve

1. relieve (body) provide physical relief, as from pain

SamplesThis pill will relieve your headaches.

Synonymsalleviate, assuage, palliate

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

Narrower (hyponym)comfort, ease, soothe

2. relieve (social) free someone temporarily from his or her obligations

ExamplesSam cannot relieve Sue

Synonymstake over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)discharge, free

Narrower (hyponym)spell

3. relieve (social) grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to

SamplesShe exempted me from the exam.

Synonymsexempt, free

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP

Narrower (hyponym)deregulate, derestrict, dispense, forgive, spare

Antonymsenforce, implement, apply

4. relieve (emotion) lessen the intensity of or calm

SamplesThe news eased my conscience.
Still the fears.

ExamplesThe good news will relieve her

Synonymsallay, ease, still

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)comfort, console, solace, soothe

Narrower (hyponym)abreact

5. relieve (social) save from ruin, destruction, or harm

Synonymssalvage, salve, save

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)deliver, rescue

6. relieve (communication) relieve oneself of troubling information

ExamplesThey relieve themselves


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)confide

7. relieve (body) provide relief for

SamplesRemedy his illness.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)care for, treat

Domain categorymedicine, practice of medicine

8. relieve (possession) free from a burden, evil, or distress

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody of something

Broader (hypernym)disembarrass, free, rid

9. relieve (possession) take by stealing

SamplesThe thief relieved me of $100.

ExamplesThey relieve him of all his money

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody of something

Broader (hypernym)take

10. relieve (communication) grant exemption or release to

SamplesPlease excuse me from this class.

ExamplesSam cannot relieve Sue

Synonymsexcuse, exempt, let off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)absolve, free, justify

Narrower (hyponym)frank

11. relieve (change) alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive

SamplesRelieve the pressure and the stress.
Lighten the burden of caring for her elderly parents.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)mitigate

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