relieve has definitions from the field of criminal law
1
[ verb ] provide physical relief, as from pain

Examples

"This pill will relieve your headaches"

Used in print

([Anonymous,] "The Attack on Employee Services"...)

Can staggered lunch periods relieve the capacity strain on your feeding facilities ?

2
[ verb ] free someone temporarily from his or her obligations

Synonyms

take_over

Used in print

(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)

Rookie southpaw George_Stepanovich relieved Hyde at_the_start of the ninth and gave_up the A 's fifth tally on a walk to second_baseman Dick_Howser , a wild_pitch , and Frank_Cipriani 's single under Shortstop Jerry_Adair 's glove into center .

Related terms

free stand-in

3
[ verb ] grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to

Synonyms

free exempt

Examples

"She exempted me from the exam"

Used in print

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)

Ex-Presidents , relieved of accountability for policy , sometimes seem to feel free_of accountability for their words .

4
[ verb ] lessen the intensity of or calm

Synonyms

ease allay still

Examples

"The news eased my conscience" "still the fears"

5
[ verb ] save from ruin or destruction

Synonyms

save salvage salve

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

The other bill , by Sen._A._M._Aikin_Jr. of Paris , would relieve real_estate_brokers , who pay their own annual licensing_fee , from the $ 12 annual occupation_license on brokers in such_as stocks and bonds .

Related terms

rescue rescuer salvage salvage

6
[ verb ] alleviate or remove

Examples

"relieve the pressure and the stress"

Related terms

mitigate

7
[ verb ] relieve oneself of troubling information

Synonyms

unbosom

Used in print

(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)

The tensions accompanying a repressive consciousness of wrongdoing or sinning or some tormenting secret are relieved for the less self-contained or self-sufficient by confession , repentance , and penance .

Related terms

confide

8
[ verb ] provide relief for

Synonyms

remedy

Examples

"remedy his illness"

Used in print

(Kenneth Scott Latourette, Christianity in a Revolutiona...)

A number were in the nature of movements to relieve or remove social ills .

Related terms

treat medicine

9
[ verb ] free from a burden, evil, or distress

Synonyms

deliver

Related terms

rid

10
[ verb ] (criminal law) take by stealing

Examples

"The thief relieved me of $100"

Related terms

take

11
[ verb ] grant exemption or release to

Synonyms

excuse exempt let_off

Examples

"Please excuse me from this class

Related terms

absolve frank excuse

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