Thesaurus

alleviate

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of alleviate

to make more bearable or less severe
  • a car pool alleviates some of the stress of driving the kids to and from school every day

Synonyms for alleviate

Words Related to alleviate

Near Antonyms for alleviate

Antonyms for alleviate

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About alleviate

How is the word alleviate different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of alleviate are allay, assuage, lighten, mitigate, and relieve. While all these words mean "to make something less grievous," alleviate implies temporary or partial lessening of pain or distress.

the lotion alleviated the itching

When would allay be a good substitute for alleviate?

While the synonyms allay and alleviate are close in meaning, allay implies an effective calming or soothing of fears or alarms.

allayed their fears

When is assuage a more appropriate choice than alleviate?

The meanings of assuage and alleviate largely overlap; however, assuage implies softening or sweetening what is harsh or disagreeable.

ocean breezes assuaged the intense heat

When might lighten be a better fit than alleviate?

While in some cases nearly identical to alleviate, lighten implies reducing a burdensome or depressing weight.

good news would lighten our worries

When is it sensible to use mitigate instead of alleviate?

In some situations, the words mitigate and alleviate are roughly equivalent. However, mitigate suggests a moderating or countering of the effect of something violent or painful.

the need to mitigate barbaric laws

When can relieve be used instead of alleviate?

The words relieve and alleviate are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, relieve implies a lifting of enough of a burden to make it tolerable.

took an aspirin to relieve the pain

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about alleviate

Time Traveler for alleviate

Time Traveler

The first known use of alleviate was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Listen to Our Podcast about alleviate

Statistics for alleviate

Last Updated

28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Alleviate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/alleviate. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on alleviate

Dictionary: Definition of alleviate

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with alleviate

Medical Dictionary: Definition of alleviate

Spanish Central: Translation of alleviate

Nglish: Translation of alleviate for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of alleviate for Arabic Speakers

Comments on alleviate

What made you want to look up alleviate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!