Syn. Alleviation; mitigation; aid; help; succor; assistance; remedy; redress; indemnification.
(Re*lief"ful) a. Giving relief. [Obs.]
(Re*lief"less), a. Destitute of relief; also, remediless.
(Re*li"er) n. [From Rely.] One who relies.
(Re*liev"a*ble) a. Capable of being relieved; fitted to recieve relief. Sir M. Hale.
(Re*lieve") 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. Relevant, Relief.]
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. Scott.
3. To raise up something in; to introduce a contrast or variety into; to remove the monotony or sameness
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.