To lift up; to raise again, as one who has fallen; to cause to rise.
- To cause a lessening or alleviation of: relieved all his symptoms; relieved the tension.
- To free from pain, anxiety, or distress.
- To furnish assistance or aid to.
- To rescue from siege.
- To release (a person) from an obligation, restriction, or burden, as by law or legislation.
- To free from a specified duty by providing or acting as a substitute.
- Baseball To take over for (a relief pitcher).
- To make less tedious, monotonous, or unpleasant: Only one small candle relieved the gloom.
- To make prominent or effective by contrast; set off.
- Informal To rob or deprive: Pickpockets relieved him of his money.
- relieve (oneself) To urinate or defecate.