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alleviate  (əˈliːvɪˌeɪt



  1. (transitive) to make (pain, sorrow, etc) easier to bear; lessen; relieve

Derived Forms

alˌleviˈation  noun
alˈleviative  adjective
alˈleviˌator  noun

Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin alleviāre to mitigate, from Latin levis light

Translations for 'alleviate'

  • British English: alleviate If you alleviate pain, suffering, or an unpleasant condition, you make it less intense or severe. VERBNowadays, a great deal can be done to alleviate back pain.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: aliviar
  • Chinese: 减轻 >不适减減轻輕 >
  • European Spanish: mitigar
  • French: soulager
  • German: lindern
  • Italian: alleviare
  • Japanese: 緩和する
  • Korean: 경감시키다
  • Portuguese: aliviar
  • Spanish: mitigar

Example Sentences Including 'alleviate'

She is a good, kind, gentle soul who worked to alleviate the suffering of her neighbours.
I'd kick its solid rubber wheels, homing on their details to alleviate the distress.
Dexter Petley WHITE LIES (2003)
And it had better alleviate the situations of Hyde and my niece or you will all three have been wasting my precious time!
Thomas, Craig The Last Raven


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