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[uh-lee-vee-eyt] /əˈli viˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), alleviated, alleviating.
to make easier to endure; lessen; mitigate:
to alleviate sorrow; to alleviate pain.
Origin of alleviate
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English alleviaten < Late Latin alleviātus (past participle of alleviāre), equivalent to al- al- + levi(s) light, not heavy + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
unalleviated, adjective
unalleviatedly, adverb
unalleviating, adjective
unalleviatingly, adverb
lighten, diminish, abate, relieve, assuage.
increase, strengthen; aggravate, intensify. Unabridged
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  • One thing occurred on this sad bereavement which alleviated it a little.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Horam was rather more distressed than alleviated by her protestations.

  • I can assure you that the plight of the downtrodden workers will be alleviated.

    Gambler's World John Keith Laumer
  • He composed such incantations also by which distempers are alleviated.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
  • This fate could only be alleviated by the education and elevation of women.

    A Little Journey in the World Charles Dudley Warner
  • I tried to thank him, but my case was not of a kind to be alleviated by this sort of consolation.

  • Still, by our sympathy we might have alleviated your sufferings, which must have been intense.

    The Deacon Horace C. Dale
British Dictionary definitions for alleviated


(transitive) to make (pain, sorrow, etc) easier to bear; lessen; relieve
Derived Forms
alleviation, noun
alleviative, adjective
alleviator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin alleviāre to mitigate, from Latin levis light
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Word Origin and History for alleviated



late 15c., from Middle French allevier or directly from Late Latin alleviatus, past participle of alleviare "to lighten," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + levis "light" in weight (see lever). Related: Alleviated; alleviating.

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