Relieve en

Relieve meaning

A relief is a sculpture where a modelled form projects from a flat background.


  1. (v. t.) To lift up; to raise again, as one who has fallen; to cause to rise.
  2. (v. t.) To cause to seem to rise; to put in relief; to give prominence or conspicuousness to; to set off by contrast.
  3. (v. t.) To release from a post, station, or duty; to put another in place of, or to take the place of, in the bearing of any burden, or discharge of any duty.
  4. (v. t.) To raise or remove, as anything which depresses, weighs down, or crushes; to render less burdensome or afflicting; to alleviate; to abate; to mitigate; to lessen; as, to relieve pain; to relieve the wants of the poor.
  5. (v. t.) To free, wholly or partly, from any burden, trial, evil, distress, or the like; to give ease, comfort, or consolation to; to give aid, help, or succor to; to support, strengthen, or deliver; as, to relieve a besieged town.
  6. (v. t.) To ease of any imposition, burden, wrong, or oppression, by judicial or legislative interposition, as by the removal of a grievance, by indemnification for losses, or the like; to right.
  7. (v. t.) To raise up something in; to introduce a contrast or variety into; to remove the monotony or sameness of.
Word: re·lieve
Pronunciation of relieve: ri-'lEv
Function of relieve: verb
Other forms of relieve: re·lieved; re·liev·ing
Origin of relieve: Middle English releven, from Middle French relever to raise, relieve, from Latin relevare, from re- levare to raise -- more at LEVER
transitive senses
1 a : to free from a burden : give aid or help to b : to set free from an obligation, condition, or restriction c : to ease of a burden, wrong, or oppression by judicial or legislative interposition
2 a : to bring about the removal or alleviation of : MITIGATE b : ROB, DEPRIVE
3 a : to release from a post, station, or duty b : to take the place of
4 : to remove or lessen the monotony of
5 a : to set off by contrast b : to raise in relief
6 : to discharge the bladder or bowels of (oneself)
intransitive senses
1 : to bring or give relief
2 : to stand out in relief
3 : to serve as a relief pitcher
- re·liev·able /-'lE-v&-b&l/ adjective
synonyms RELIEVE, ALLEVIATE, LIGHTEN, ASSUAGE, MITIGATE, ALLAY mean to make something less grievous. RELIEVE implies a lifting of enough of a burden to make it tolerable <took an aspirin to relieve the pain>. ALLEVIATE implies temporary or partial lessening of pain or distress <the lotion alleviated the itching>. LIGHTEN implies reducing a burdensome or depressing weight <good news would lighten our worries>. ASSUAGE implies softening or sweetening what is harsh or disagreeable <ocean breezes assuaged the intense heat>. MITIGATE suggests a moderating or countering of the effect of something violent or painful <the need to mitigate barbaric laws>. ALLAY implies an effective calming or soothing of fears or alarms <allayed their fears>.

Synonyms of relieve

Allay, Alleviate, Assuage, Ease, Excuse, Exempt, Free, Palliate, Remedy, Salvage, Salve, Save, Still, Unbosom,

Antonyms of relieve

Apply, Enforce, Implement,