alleviate

[ uh-lee-vee-eyt ]
/ əˈli viˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), al·le·vi·at·ed, al·le·vi·at·ing.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM alleviate

un·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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British Dictionary definitions for alleviate

alleviate
/ (əˈliːvɪˌeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to make (pain, sorrow, etc) easier to bear; lessen; relieve

Derived forms of alleviate

alleviation, nounalleviative, adjectivealleviator, noun

Word Origin for alleviate

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

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