relieve VERB 1) alleviate or remove (pain, distress, or difficulty). 2) (usu. be relieved) cause (someone) to stop feeling distressed or anxious. 3) release (someone) from duty by taking their place. 4) (relieve of) take (a burden or responsibility) from. 5) bring military support for (a besieged place). 6) make less boring or monotonous. 7) (relieve oneself) formal or euphemistic urinate or defecate.
DERIVATIVES reliever noun.
ORIGIN Old French relever, from Latin relevare (see RELIEF(Cf. ↑relief)).

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