relieve (v.)

  1. provide physical relief, as from pain; This pill will relieve your headaches

    [ Syn: alleviate , palliate , assuage ]

  2. grant exemption or release to; Please excuse me from this class

    [ Syn: excuse , let off , exempt ]

  3. alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive; relieve the pressure and the stress; lighten the burden of caring for her elderly parents

    [ Syn: lighten ]

  4. free someone temporarily from his or her obligations

    [ Syn: take over ]

  5. grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to; She exempted me from the exam

    [ Syn: exempt , free ]

  6. lessen the intensity of or calm; The news eased my conscience; still the fears

    [ Syn: still , allay , ease ]

  7. save from ruin, destruction, or harm

    [ Syn: salvage , salve , save ]

  8. relieve oneself of troubling information

    [ Syn: unbosom ]

  9. provide relief for; remedy his illness

    [ Syn: remedy ]

  10. free from a burden, evil, or distress

  11. take by stealing; The thief relieved me of $100'

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