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English definition of “relieve”

relieve

verb (MAKE BETTER)    /rɪˈliːv/
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.Becoming and making less strong [T] to improve an unpleasant situation: The council is considering banning vehicles from the town centre to relieve congestion.Making things betterBecoming better
(Definition of relieve verb (MAKE BETTER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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