relieve(
rih
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liv
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to ease)
a. aliviar
Rita used cold water to relieve the pain of the burn.Rita usó agua fría para aliviar el dolor de la quemadura.
b. mitigar
I'm taking pills to relieve the pain.Tomo pastillas para mitigar el dolor.
c. atenuar
The patient is looking for a way to relieve the symptoms of depression.El paciente está buscando una manera de atenuar los síntomas de la depresión.
2. (to appease)
a. tranquilizar
It relieved me when my daughter called to say she was safe.Mi hija me tranquilizó cuando me llamó para decirme que estaba a salvo.
3. (to take the place of)
a. relevar
Hold your position until Lieutenant Barnes relieves you.Manténgase en su puesto hasta que el teniente Barnes lo releve.
4. (to discharge; used with "of")
a. relevar de
The officer was relieved of his command for attacking a soldier.El oficial fue relevado del mando por agredir a un soldado.
5.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(to set free)
a. liberar (a city or town)
The Allies relieved this city a month before the end of the war.Los aliados liberaron esta ciudad un mes antes de que terminara la guerra.
b. eximir (a person)
My mother relieved me from doing domestic chores for being a good student.Mi madre me eximió de hacer tareas domésticas por ser buena estudiante.
6.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(to help; used with "of")
a. dar una mano con
I would appreciate it if you could relieve me of the house chores.Te agradecería si me pudieras dar una mano con los quehaceres domésticos.
b. echar una mano con
New personnel was hired to relieve us of some of the administrative work.Se contrató a más personal para echarnos una mano con las tareas administrativas.
c. ayudar con
Thank you for relieving me of this stressful situation.Gracias por ayudarme con esta situación tan estresante.
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to steal; used with "of")
a. afanar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Last time I walked down that street I was relieved of my cell phone and watch.La última vez que pasé por esa calle me afanaron el celular y el reloj.
b. birlar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I had to walk home from the concert because I was relieved of my wallet.Tuve que volver caminando a casa porque me birlaron la cartera.
c. rapar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
She was relieved of her watch.Le raparon el reloj.
d. raponear
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
I was relieved of my purse on the beach.Me raponearon el bolso en la playa.
8.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(to urinate)
a. orinar
I drank so much water I had to relieve myself.Bebí tanta agua que tuve que orinar.
b. orinarse (unintentionally)
A first grade student relieved himself in class.Un alumno de primer año se orinó encima.
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relieve
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (alleviate; pain, anxiety, problem)
a. aliviar
2. (tension, boredom)
a. atenuar, mitigar
to feel relievedsentirse aliviado(a)
3. (euph)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
he relieved himselfhizo sus necesidades
4. (replace)
a. relevar
5. (liberate; city)
a. liberar
to relieve somebody from a dutyliberar a alguien de una obligación
6. (hum)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to relieve somebody of his walletbirlarle a alguien la cartera
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relieve [rɪˈliːv]
transitive verb
1 (alleviate) [+sufferings, pain, headache] aliviar; [+burden] aligerar; [+tension, boredom, anxiety] disipar; aliviar
to relieve the boredom of the journey para que el viaje se haga menos aburrido; the plain is relieved by an occasional hill de vez en cuando una colina rompe con la monotonía de la llanura
2 (ease) [+person's mind] tranquilizar
it relieves me to hear it me tranquiliza saberlo
3 [+feelings, anger] desahogar
to relieve one's feelings desahogarse; I relieved my feelings in a letter me desahogué escribiendo una carta
4
to relieve o.s. (go to lavatory) ir al baño; hacer pis (informal)
5 (release)
to relieve sb from doing sth to relieve sb of anxiety this relieves us of financial worries
to relieve sb of a duty exonerar a algn de un deber; to relieve sb of a post destituir a algn; he was relieved of his command fue relevado de su mando; let me relieve you of your coat permítame tomarle el abrigo; to relieve sb of his wallet quitar la cartera a algn; robar la cartera a algn
6 (Mil) [+city] descercar; socorrer; [+troops] relevar
I'll come and relieve you at six vengo a las seis a relevarte
7
to relieve the poor (help) socorrer a los pobres
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relieve
relieve(
rreh
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lyeh
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beh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (fine arts)
a. relief
El escudo de armas de la familia está pintado en relieve sobre la puerta principal.The family's coat of arms is painted in relief on the main door.
2. (geography)
a. terrain
Al relieve de la región por mi pueblo le ha afectado mucho la deforestación.The terrain in the region around my town has been greatly affected by deforestation.
3. (significance)
a. importance
Nadie puede negar el relieve del artista y de su obra.Nobody can deny the importance of the artist and his work.
b. prominence
Les dieron una posición de relieve en el gobierno por sus fortunas.They were given a position of prominence in the government due to their wealth.
relieves
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (culinary)
a. leftovers
Guardé los relieves de la cena para no tener que preparar el almuerzo para mañana.I saved the leftovers from dinner so that I don't have make lunch for tomorrow.
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relieve
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (geography)
a. terrain
un relieve muy accidentadovery rugged terrain
2. (art)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
alto relievehigh relief
bajo relievebas-relief
en relievein relief
3. (elevación)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
la pieza tiene un centímetro de relievethe part protrudes by a centimeter
4. (importancia)
a. importance
para dar relieve al acontecimiento,…to lend importance to the event…
poner de relieveto underline (the importance of), to highlight
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relieve
1 (Arte) (Técnica) relief
alto relieve high relief; bajo relieve bas-relief; en relieve in relief; estampar o grabar en relieve to emboss
2 (Geografía)
un país de relieve montañoso a mountainous country
3 (importancia) importance
un personaje de relieve an important o prominent figure; dar relieve a algo to lend importance to sth; la asistencia del ministro dio relieve a la celebración the minister's presence lent an added importance to the event; poner algo de relieve to highlight sth; el colapso circulatorio puso de relieve la falta de planificación the traffic chaos highlighted the lack of planning
el presidente puso de relieve la necesidad de reformar el sistema educativo
4 relieves (restos) leftovers
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Phrases with "relieve"
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relieve stress
aliviar el estrés
Phrases with "relieve"
Here are the most popular phrases with "relieve." Click the phrases to see the full entry.
poner de relieve
to highlight
ponerse de relieve
to become obvious
Examples
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