Alleviate meaning

ə-lē'vē-āt'
To make (pain, for example) less intense or more bearable.

A drug that alleviates cold symptoms.

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To lessen or reduce.

Alleviate unemployment.

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To reduce or decrease.

To alleviate poverty.

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The definition of alleviate is to make something easier to deal with or endure.

An example of alleviate is to take pain killers to ease the tension of a headache.

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To make less severe, as a pain or difficulty.

Alcohol is often a cheap tool to alleviate the stress of a hard day.

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To make less hard to bear; lighten or relieve (pain, suffering, etc.)
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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”)).
    From Wiktionary