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"relieve" in British English

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relieveverb

uk   us   /rɪˈliːv/
  • relieve verb (MAKE BETTER)

C2 [T] to make an ​unpleasantfeeling, 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 ​unpleasantsituation: New ​tollroads could ​help relieve congestion on other ​routes.

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  • relieve verb (HELP)

[T] to ​providerelief for a ​badsituation or for ​people in need: emergencyfoodaid to ​help relieve the ​famine [T] to take the ​place of someone and ​continue doing ​theirjob 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 ​enemyarmy by ​militaryforce: An ​armouredbattalion was ​sent to relieve the ​besiegedtown.
  • relieve verb (URINATE)

relieve yourself polite word for urinate : He ​proceeded to relieve himself against a ​tree.
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(Definition of relieve from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"relieve" in American English

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relieveverb [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 ​excreteurine.
  • 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.
(Definition of relieve from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"relieve" in Business English

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relieveverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈliːv/
to take ​action to ​improve a difficult ​situation: If China and other Asian ​economieslet their ​currenciesrise, this will relieve ​pressure on the ​euro. The ​campaign has ​fallenshort of its ​goal of relieving the ​burden of ​unsustainabledebt on the ​poorest countries. relieve a ​burden/strainrelieve congestion/overcrowding Opening the ​route to ​truckers would relieve congestion on other roadways.
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(Definition of relieve from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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