|Origin:||relever 'to raise, relieve', from Latin relevare, from levare 'to raise'|
re‧lieve S3 [transitive]
to reduce someone's pain or unpleasant feelings [↪ relief]:
Drugs helped to relieve the pain.
relieve tension/pressure/stress etc
Some people eat for comfort, to relieve their anxieties.
to make a problem less difficult or serious:
programs aimed at relieving unemployment
to replace someone when they have completed their duty or when they need a rest:
The guard will be relieved at midnight.
a polite expression meaning to urinate - often used humorously
to make something less dull and boring:
a plain wall relieved by flecks of blue and yellow
relieve the boredom/monotony
The books helped relieve the boredom of waiting.
to free a town which an enemy has surrounded
relieve somebody of somethingphrasal verb
to help someone by taking something from them, especially a job they do not want to do or something heavy that they are carrying:
A secretary was hired to relieve her of some of the administrative work.
He rose and relieved her of her bags.
to take away someone's job because they have done something wrong:
After the defeat General Meyer was relieved of his command.
to steal something from someone - used humorously:
A couple of guys relieved him of his wallet.