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alleviate (əˈliːvɪˌeɪt Pronunciation for alleviate



  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'

A spice used in curry could help alleviate cystic fibrosis, new research suggests.
New Scientist (2004)
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
Her husband looked pale and gripped the table's edge as if it might alleviate the boat's quick motion.
Bernard Cornwell SHARPE'S TRAFALGAR (2001)
I'd kick its solid rubber wheels, homing on their details to alleviate the distress.
Dexter Petley WHITE LIES (2003)
She is a good, kind, gentle soul who worked to alleviate the suffering of her neighbours.
The opening may also help alleviate the city's feeling of inferiority to New York.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The real key is finding the root causes of terror and doing something to alleviate them.
Globe and Mail (2003)
There is a disturbing element of sectarianism involved and I would appeal to anyone with influence to help alleviate the problem.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
To help alleviate the irritation I would suggest dabbing the affected area with diluted Molkosan.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)


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