Relieve

Definition of Relieve

Re`lieve´   Pronunciation: r?-l?v´
v. t.1.To lift up; to raise again, as one who has fallen; to cause to rise.
[imp. & p. p. Relieved (-l?vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Relieving.]
2.To cause to seem to rise; to put in relief; to give prominence or conspicuousness to; to set off by contrast.
3.To raise up something in; to introduce a contrast or variety into; to remove the monotony or sameness of.
The poet must . . . sometimes relieve the subject with a moral reflection.
- Addison.
4.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.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.
Now lend assistance and relieve the poor.
- Dryden.
6.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.
Who hath relieved you?
- Shak.
7.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.

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