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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Relieve \Re*lieve"\ (r?-l?v"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Relieved
(-l?vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Relieving.] [OE. releven, F.
relever to raise again, discharge, relieve, fr. L. relevare
to lift up, raise, make light, relieve; pref. re- re- +
levare to raise, fr. levis light. See Levity, and cf.
1. To lift up; to raise again, as one who has fallen; to
cause to rise. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.
2. To cause to seem to rise; to put in relief; to give
prominence or conspicuousness to; to set off by contrast.
Her tall figure relieved against the blue sky;
seemed almost of supernatural height. --Sir W.
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
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.
Syn: To alleviate; assuage; succor; assist; aid; help;
support; substain; ease; mitigate; lighten; diminish;
remove; free; remedy; redress; indemnify.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: (of pain or sorrow) made easier to bear [syn:
alleviated, eased, relieved]
2: extending out above or beyond a surface or boundary; "the
jutting limb of a tree"; "massive projected buttresses"; "his
protruding ribs"; "a pile of boards sticking over the end of
his truck" [syn: jutting, projected, projecting,
protruding, relieved, sticking(p), sticking out(p)]
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