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.

Nearby words

  1. allergist,
  2. allergy,
  3. allesthesia,
  4. allethrin,
  5. alleviant,
  6. alleviation,
  7. alleviative,
  8. alleviator,
  9. alley,
  10. alley cat

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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British Dictionary definitions for alleviated

alleviate

/ (əˈliːvɪˌeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to make (pain, sorrow, etc) easier to bear; lessen; relieve
Derived Formsalleviation, nounalleviative, adjectivealleviator, noun

Word Origin for alleviate

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

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Word Origin and History for alleviated

alleviate

v.

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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