• To ease (a person, person's thoughts etc.) from mental distress; to stop (someone) feeling anxious or worried, to alleviate the distress of.
  • To ease (someone, a part of the body etc.) or give relief from physical pain or discomfort.
  • To alleviate (pain, distress, mental discomfort etc.).
  • To provide comfort or assistance to (someone in need, especially in poverty).
  • To lift up; to raise again.
  • To raise (someone) out of danger or from (a specified difficulty etc.).
  • To free (someone) from debt or legal obligations; to give legal relief to.
  • To bring military help to (a besieged town); to lift the siege on.
  • To release (someone) from or of a difficulty, unwanted task, responsibility etc.
  • To free (someone) from their post, task etc. by taking their place.
  • To make (something) stand out; to make prominent, bring into relief.
  • To go to the toilet; to defecate or urinate.


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  • From Old French relever, specifically from the conjugated forms such as relieve, and its source, Latin relevo ("to lift up, lighten, relieve, alleviate"), combined form of re- + levo. relevate. Compare levant, levity, etc.

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