A drug that alleviates cold symptoms.
To alleviate poverty.
An example of alleviate is to take pain killers to ease the tension of a headache.
Origin of alleviate
- Middle English alleviaten from Late Latin alleviāre alleviāt- to lighten Latin ad- ad- levis light legwh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Borrowing from Late Latin alleviatus, past participle of alleviare (“to lighten”) (ad- (“towards”) + levis (“light”)).