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relieve

Pronunciation: /rɪˈliːv/

Translation of relieve in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 [pain] calmar, aliviar, mitigar* [literary/literario]; [tension] aliviar, relajar; [monotony/uniformity] romper* allow me to relieve you of your coat permítame que me ocupe de su abrigo they successfully relieve tourists of their cash [humorous/humorístico] despluman a los turistas [humorous/humorístico] to relieve sb of responsibility for sth eximir a algn 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 sb of his/her duties/command relevar a algn 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) tranquilizar*
    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] liberar
    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] relevar
    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/verbo reflexivo

  • to relieve oneself [euphemistic/eufemístico] orinar

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