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-lĕvo , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a.
I. To lift up, raise (very rare, and almost exclusively poet.; syn.: reficio, recreo, mitigo).
B. Trop.: nec sic mea fata premuntur, Ut nequeam relevare caput, Luc. 3, 268 Corte; so, “caput,Plin. Ep. 1, 24, 4: “si forte relevet manum suam a nobis,Vulg. 1 Reg. 6, 5: eos qui oppressi fuerant relevans, id. Job, 12, 21.—
II. Transf., to make light, to lighten (class.).
A. Lit.: “epistulam graviorem pellectione,Cic. Att. 1, 13, 1: vimina curva favi (i. e. exonerare), Cv. R. Am. 186.— Poet.: “sic unquam longā relevere catenā,Ov. Am. 1, 6, 25: “minimo ut relevere labore Utque marem parias,” i. e. may be delivered, id. M. 9, 675. —
B. Trop., to relieve, free from any evil; or, to alleviate, mitigate, lessen, diminish, assuage, abate the evil itself; to ease, comfort, refresh, console: “videbimur ... curā et metu esse relevati, periculum autem residebit ... Ut saepe homines aegri morbo gravi ... si aquam gelidam biberint, primo relevari videntur ... sic hic morbus, qui est in re publicā, relevatus istius poenā, vehementius vivis reliquis ingravescet,Cic. Cat. 1, 13, 31; cf.: “animum molestiis,id. ib. 2, 4, 7 (with recreata): “aegrum,Ov. P. 1, 3, 17: “pectora sicca mero,id. F. 3, 304: “membra sedili,id. M. 8, 639: “mens a cura relevata est,id. Tr. 1, 11, 12; cf.: “publicanos tertiā mercedum parte,Suet. Caes. 20: “ut me relevares,might comfort, console me, Cic. Att. 3, 10, 3: “nam et illic animum jam relevaris, quae dolore ac miseria Tabescit,Ter. Ad. 4, 3, 11: “quia (pupilla) videtur in ceteris litis speciebus relevata fuisse,” i. e. to have been restored, Dig. 4, 4, 29. — “With things as objects: ut cibi satietas et fastidium aut subamara aliquā re relevatur aut dulci mitigatur,Cic. Inv. 1, 17, 25: “ad relevandos castrenses sumptus,Suet. Dom. 12: “communem casum misericordiā hominum,Cic. Q. Fr. 1, 4, 4; cf.: “casus,Ov. Tr. 5, 3, 43: “luctus,id. R. Am. 586: “studium omnium laboremque,Plin. Pan. 19, 3: “requie laborem,Ov. M. 15, 16: “aestus,id. ib. 7, 815; id. A. A. 3, 697; cf. “sitim,id. M. 6, 354: “famem,id. ib. 11, 129.
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