relieve

I
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To replace]
Syn. release, remove, take over for, cover for, spell*, discharge, force to resign; see also dismiss 1 , 2 , substitute 2 .
2. [To lessen]
Syn. assuage, alleviate, soothe, comfort, allay, lighten, mitigate, ease, divert, free, soften, diminish, reduce, console, cure, aid, assist; see also decrease 2 , help 1 .
Syn.- relieve implies the reduction of misery, discomfort, or tediousness sufficiently to make it bearable [ they played a game to relieve the monotony of the trip ] ; alleviate implies temporary relief, suggesting that the source of the misery remains unaffected [ drugs to alleviate the pain ] ; lighten implies a cheering reduction of the weight of oppression or depression [ nothing can lighten the burden of our grief ] ; assuage suggests a softening or pacifying influence in lessening pain or distress, calming anger or passion, etc. [ her kind words assuaged his resentment ] ; mitigate implies a moderating or making milder of that which is likely to cause pain [ to mitigate a punishment ] ; allay suggests an effective, although temporary or incomplete, calming or quieting [ we've allayed their suspicions ]
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. ease alleviate, release, comfort, free, relax, mitigate, soothe, palliate, assuage, diminish, quell.
2. set free unburden, take over, stand in for, substitute for, replace, release, spell.
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To make less severe or more bearable: allay, alleviate, assuage, comfort, ease, lessen, lighten2, mitigate, palliate. See INCREASE. 2. To free from or cast out something objectionable or undesirable: clear, disburden, disembarrass, disencumber, release, rid, shake off, throw off, unburden. Slang: shake. See KEEP. 3. To give support or assistance: abet, aid, assist, boost, help (out), succor. Idioms: give (or lend) a hand, give a leg up. See HELP. 4. To free from an obligation or duty: absolve, discharge, dispense, excuse, exempt, let off, spare. See FREE. 5. To free from a specific duty by acting as a substitute: spell3, take over. See SUBSTITUTE.

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