One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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
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
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