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

Translation of relieve in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    (tension)
    (monotony/uniformity)
    allow me to relieve you of your coat
    permítame que me ocupe de su abrigo
    they successfully relieve tourists of their cash [humorous]
    despluman a los turistas [humorous]
    to relieve somebody of responsibility for something
    eximir a alguien de la responsabilidad de algo
    if you could relieve me of some of the workload
    si pudieras ayudarme con parte del trabajo
    si pudieras hacerte cargo de parte del trabajo
    to relieve somebody of his/her duties/command
    relevar a alguien de su cargo/del mando
    Example sentences
    • A teaspoon of oil added to a hot bath will also help to relieve muscular aches and pains.
    • For years he had been taking them once a week, as a way of unwinding and relieving the aches and pains from the hard manual labor required by his landscaping business.
    • Taken jointly, they prevent the progression of the disease, reduce inflammation, and relieve mild to severe pain.
    Example sentences
    • Shabby suburban streets are suddenly relieved by an almost strident red building, crisply detailed and well tended.
    • Lack of open space to relieve hard-packed pavement and gap-toothed Main Streets drained by malls and sprawl sap the life from downtown.
    • Placed in a wilderness of dark mountains, the scene is relieved by a flood of glaring light that holds the figures in a tableau of awful impact.
    1.2 (dispel worry of)
    Example sentences
    • She was relieved when he finally stopped the bike in front of Casey's.
    • They walked deeper and deeper into the cemetery and finally, Al stopped and she was relieved.
    • He was relieved when she finally broke the silence between them.
  • 2
    (town/fortress)
    Example sentences
    • His last hope of shoring up his flagging position was to relieve Richard's great fortress of Château-Gaillard, the key to Normandy, which Philip was besieging.
    • The Red Army and navy attempted to relieve the city with a huge amphibious assault, the Kerch-Feodosiya operation, on 25 December.
  • 3
    (guard/sentry)
    Example sentences
    • You're not relieved from duty until someone comes.
    • Every so often a trooper would don armour and cloak to go and relieve a guard on duty outside.
    • Litus had waited for a long time, waiting for one of the two to return, to relieve him from his watchful duties.

reflexive verb

  • to relieve oneself [euphemistic]

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