Synonyms of relieve in English:


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1‘a battery-powered device which helps relieve pain’


alleviate, mitigate, assuage, allay, soothe, soften, palliate, appease, ease, dull, reduce, lessen, diminish



2‘his studies helped to relieve the boredom’


counteract, reduce, alleviate, mitigate, brighten, lighten, sweeten, bring respite to, make something bearable

interrupt, punctuate, vary, break up, stop, bring an end to, cure, dispel



exacerbate, emphasize

3‘there was no shortage of helpers to relieve us for breaks’


replace, take over from, take the place of, stand in for, act as stand-in for, fill in for, substitute for, act as a substitute for, deputize for, be a proxy for, cover for, provide cover for, act as locum for, hold the fort for, do something in someone's place, do something in someone's stead

4‘this relieves the teacher of a heavy load of formal teaching’


free from, free of, set free from, release from, liberate from, exempt from, excuse from, absolve from, let off, extricate from, discharge from, unburden of, disburden of, disencumber of

deliver from, rescue from, save from

rare disembarrass of


put an extra burden on


    relieve oneself


      go to the toilet, go to the lavatory, excrete

      urinate, pass water, wet one's bed, wet one's pants, wet oneself

      cock its leg, lift its leg

      defecate, discharge faeces, excrete faeces, pass faeces, have a bowel movement, have a BM, evacuate one's bowels, open one's bowels, void excrement


      go, do it, spend a penny, have a leak, take a leak, shake hands with an old friend, answer the call of nature, pee, pee oneself, pee one's pants, piddle, have a piddle, widdle, have a widdle, tinkle, have a tinkle, do number two, do a pooh, do a whoopsie

      British informal

      go to the loo, wee, have a wee, wee-wee, have a Jimmy, have a Jimmy Riddle, have a slash, have a wazz

      North American informal

      whizz, take a whizz

      vulgar slang

      piss, have a piss, crap, have a crap, shit, have a shit, dump, have a dump