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relieve

verb [T]  us   /rɪˈliv/

relieve verb [T] (LESSEN PAIN)

to make something bad or painful less severe: The addition to the school will relieve overcrowding. She was given morphine to relieve the pain. To relieve yourself is to excrete urine.

relieve verb [T] (REPLACE)

to arrive or come in order to take the place of another person: The guard is relieved at 6 p.m. by the night watchman.
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