1 ease, lessen, reduce, diminish, abate, lift, raise, alleviate, mitigate, palliate, soften, soothe:
Business will suffer if nothing is done to relieve the burden of high interest rates. The doctor gave me something to relieve the pain.
2 disburden, free, rid, liberate, disencumber, unburden, rescue, save, release:
Winning the lottery relieved me of any immediate worries of poverty.
3 help, aid, assist, support, succour, rescue, save, deliver:
Will the cavalry arrive in time to relieve the fort, which is under attack?
4 stand in (for), replace, substitute for, take over for or from, US spell, Colloq sub for:
I thought you were coming to relieve me at noon.