[+pain, stress, anxiety] soulager
→ The passengers swallow to relieve the pressure on their eardrums.
→ Drugs can relieve much of the pain
→ Anxiety may be relieved by talking to a friend.
[+boredom, monotony] briser
This injection will relieve the pain. Cette piqûre va soulager la douleur.
to relieve sb of sth [+pain, stress, anxiety] soulager qn de qch
→ His departure had relieved her of great anxiety.
→ Blaming his partner appeals to a man because it relieves him of a sense of personal responsibility.