- to make easier to endure; lessen; mitigate: to alleviate sorrow; to alleviate pain.
Origin of alleviate
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lighten, diminish, abate, relieve, assuage.
increase, strengthen; aggravate, intensify.
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Horam was rather more distressed than alleviated by her protestations.
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- (tr) to make (pain, sorrow, etc) easier to bear; lessen; relieve
C15: from Late Latin alleviāre to mitigate, from Latin levis light
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Word Origin and History for alleviated
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