1. [ verb ] provide physical relief, as from pain
Synonyms: alleviate assuage palliate

"This pill will relieve your headaches"

Related terms: better comfort soothe relief easing alleviator palliative
2. [ verb ] free someone temporarily from his or her obligations
Synonyms: take_over
Related terms: free stand-in
3. [ verb ] grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
Synonyms: free exempt

"She exempted me from the exam"

Related terms: enforce spare forgive deregulate derestrict dispense exemption
4. [ verb ] lessen the intensity of or calm
Synonyms: ease allay still

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

Related terms: comfort abreact relief hush allayer
5. [ verb ] save from ruin or destruction
Synonyms: save salvage salve
Related terms: rescue rescuer salvage salvage
6. [ verb ] alleviate or remove

"relieve the pressure and the stress"

Related terms: mitigate
7. [ verb ] relieve oneself of troubling information
Synonyms: unbosom
Related terms: confide
8. [ verb ] provide relief for
Synonyms: remedy

"remedy his illness"

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

"The thief relieved me of $100"

Related terms: take
11. [ verb ] grant exemption or release to
Synonyms: excuse exempt let_off

"Please excuse me from this class

Related terms: absolve frank excuse
Similar spelling:   relief