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relieve sb of sth

phrasal verb with relieve uk   us   /rɪˈliːv/ verb
  • (TAKE)

C2 formal to take from a ​person something that they are ​carrying, in a ​helpful or ​polite way: May I ​relieve you of that ​heavybag? humorous to ​steal something from someone: The ​pickpocketdelicatelyrelieved him of his ​wallet.
  • (END JOB)

C2 [usually passive] formal to ​remove someone from ​theirjob or ​position because they have done something ​wrong: Following the ​scandal, he was ​relieved of his ​post as ​deputyfinanceminister. The committee's ​chairperson is to be ​relieved of her duties. The ​general was ​relieved of his ​command in 1941.
(Definition of relieve sb of sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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relieve sb of sth

phrasal verb with relieve uk   us   /rɪˈliːv/ verb [T]
to ​help someone by taking a problem or difficult ​task from them so that they no ​longer have to ​deal with it: Japanese ​lawyer Mika Matsumoto says ​relievinghard-workinglocals of their ​debtburdens is her ​highestpriority. Taking back the ​equipment when it is ​finished with ​relieves the ​customer of the ​cost and ​effort of ​disposal.
relieve sb of their duties/responsibilities/position, etc. to take away someone's ​job or ​officialposition because they are not good enough or have done something wrong: The ​governing body is coming under huge ​pressure to ​relieve the ​chairman of his ​duties.
(Definition of relieve sb of sth from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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