Share this entry

relieve
British English: /rɪˈliːv/
American English: /rəˈliv/

Translation of relieve in French:

transitive verb

  • 1 (alleviate)
    soulager (pain, suffering, distress, anxiety, tension)
    dissiper (boredom)
    remédier à (poverty, social conditions, famine)
    alléger (debt)
    rompre (monotony)
    to relieve one's feelings (when distressed)
    décharger son cœur
    (when angry) décharger sa colère
    to relieve congestion
    (Medicine, Automobile)
    décongestionner
  • 2 (brighten)
    rendre moins sévère
    a black dress relieved by a string of pearls
    une robe noire rendue moins sévère par un collier de perles
  • 3 (take away)to relieve somebody of
    débarrasser quelqu'un de (plate, coat, bag)
    soulager quelqu'un de (burden)
    to relieve somebody of a post/command
    relever quelqu'un de son poste/ses fonctions
    a pickpocket relieved him of his wallet [humorous]
    un voleur l'a soulagé de son portefeuille [humorous]
  • 4 (help)
    venir en aide à, secourir (troops, population)

also: relieved past participle adjective

  • to feel relieved
    se sentir soulagé
    to be relieved to hear that …
    être soulagé d'apprendre que …
    to be relieved that …
    être soulagé que … (+ subj)
    to be relieved at
    être soulagé par (news, results)

reflexive verb

  • to relieve oneself
    [euphemistic]
    se soulager [euphemistic]

Definition of relieve in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score: