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relieve

verb uk   /rɪˈliːv/ us  

relieve verb (MAKE BETTER)

C2 [T] to make an unpleasant feeling, such as pain or worry, less strong: She was given a shot of morphine to relieve the pain. She relieved her boredom at home by learning how to type. [T] to improve an unpleasant situation: The council is considering banning vehicles from the town centre to relieve congestion.
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relieve verb (HELP)

[T] to provide relief for a bad situation or for people in need: emergency food aid to help relieve the famine [T] to take the place of someone and continue doing their job or duties: I'm on duty until 2 p.m. and then Peter is coming to relieve me. [T] formal to free a place that has been surrounded by an enemy army by military force: An armoured battalion was sent to relieve the besieged town.

relieve verb (URINATE)

relieve yourself polite word for urinate : He proceeded to relieve himself against a tree.
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