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verb (used with object), al·le·vi·at·ed, al·le·vi·at·ing.
  1. to make easier to endure; lessen; mitigate: to alleviate sorrow; to alleviate pain.
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Origin of alleviate

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 formsun·al·le·vi·at·ed, adjectiveun·al·le·vi·at·ed·ly, adverbun·al·le·vi·at·ing, adjectiveun·al·le·vi·at·ing·ly, adverb


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lighten, diminish, abate, relieve, assuage.


increase, strengthen; aggravate, intensify.
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  1. (tr) to make (pain, sorrow, etc) easier to bear; lessen; relieve
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Derived Formsalleviation, nounalleviative, adjectivealleviator, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin alleviāre to mitigate, from Latin levis light


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Word Origin and History for alleviate


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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