alleviate


al·le·vi·ate

verb \ə-ˈlē-vē-ˌāt\

: to reduce the pain or trouble of (something) : to make (something) less painful, difficult, or severe

al·le·vi·at·edal·le·vi·at·ing

Full Definition of ALLEVIATE

transitive verb
:  relieve, lessen: as
a :  to make (as suffering) more bearable <her sympathy alleviated his distress>
b :  to partially remove or correct <measures taken to alleviate a labor shortage>
al·le·vi·a·tion \-ˌlē-vē-ˈā-shən\ noun
al·le·vi·a·tor \-ˈlē-vē-ˌā-tər\ noun

Examples of ALLEVIATE

  1. finding ways to alleviate stress
  2. <a car pool alleviates some of the stress of driving the kids to and from school every day>
  3. For decades, as you probably know, researchers have found that when you tell patients that you're giving them medicine, many report that their symptoms are alleviated, even if they're only taking sugar pills. —Daniel Zwerdling, Gourmet, August 2004

Origin of ALLEVIATE

Late Latin alleviatus, past participle of alleviare, from Latin ad- + levis light — more at light
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with ALLEVIATE

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al·le·vi·ate

transitive verb \ə-ˈlē-vē-ˌāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
al·le·vi·at·edal·le·vi·at·ing

Medical Definition of ALLEVIATE

: to make (as symptoms) less severe or more bearable <a lotion to alleviate itching>
al·le·vi·a·tion \-ˌlē-vē-ˈā-shən\ noun

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