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alleviate

verb al·le·vi·ate \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

Synonym Discussion of ALLEVIATE

relieve, alleviate, lighten, assuage, mitigate, allay mean to make something less grievous. relieve implies a lifting of enough of a burden to make it tolerable <took an aspirin to relieve the pain>. alleviate implies temporary or partial lessening of pain or distress <the lotion alleviated the itching>. lighten implies reducing a burdensome or depressing weight <good news would lighten our worries>. assuage implies softening or sweetening what is harsh or disagreeable <ocean breezes assuaged the intense heat>. mitigate suggests a moderating or countering of the effect of something violent or painful <the need to mitigate barbaric laws>. allay implies an effective calming or soothing of fears or alarms <allayed their fears>.

Rhymes with ALLEVIATE

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ALLEVIATING Defined for Kids

alleviate

verb al·le·vi·ate \ə-ˈlē-vē-ˌāt\
al·le·vi·at·edal·le·vi·at·ing

Definition of ALLEVIATE for Kids

:  to make less painful, difficult, or severe <A good long rest alleviated her headache.>
Medical Dictionary

alleviate

transitive verb al·le·vi·ate \ə-ˈlē-vē-ˌāt\
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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