- 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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Examples from the Web for alleviating
To present the GOP as a party committed to alleviating party.Paul Ryan’s Proposed War on Poverty Is Hobbled by Conservative Ideology
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My life will be devoted to alleviating the sorrows of the poor and wretched.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
She searched for some alleviating suggestion, some happier hope; none came.Moods
Louisa May Alcott
Last night, it is true, there were alleviating circumstances that might have been urged.The Diary of a Saint
The Church aimed at alleviating the lot of the slave, not at abolishing slavery.Paris and its Story
Could this money be more usefully employed than in alleviating these evils?Arthur Mervyn
Charles Brockden Brown
- (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 alleviating
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