Definition of alleviate in English:

alleviate

Line breaks: al¦le¦vi|ate
Pronunciation: /əˈliːvɪeɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
Make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe: he couldn’t prevent her pain, only alleviate it measures to alleviate unemployment
More example sentences
  • Far from alleviating the problem, the farming of carnivorous fish, such as salmon, adds to the pressure on wild fish populations.
  • All monies raised will go towards alleviating the suffering of survivors.
  • The decriminalisation of abortion would assist in alleviating this problem.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin alleviat- 'lightened', from the verb alleviare, from Latin allevare, from ad- 'to' + levare 'raise', influenced by levis 'light'.

Derivatives

alleviation

Pronunciation: /-ˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
More example sentences
  • And self-control brings alleviation of debt, peace of mind, and ultimate happiness.
  • With foreign investment, there would be job creation, economic growth and above all, poverty alleviation for the people.
  • With both procedures the patient experiences alleviation of the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.

alleviative

Pronunciation: /-vɪətɪv/
adjective
More example sentences
  • However, the problem is becoming alleviative due to the rapid reduction in the costs of computer hardware.
  • Measures to be taken against flooding can be strategic and alleviative to reduce both incidence and severity.
  • The duty-free importation of considerable quantities of frozen meat constitutes an alleviative measure for the consumers.

alleviator

noun
More example sentences
  • The Lyonnaise poutine is one of the best hangover alleviators I've ever tried: thick, rough-cut fries, a very pungent peppercorn sauce, curds of squeaky-fresh cheese, fried ground beef and thinly sliced onions.
  • Drug use becomes more attractive as an alleviator of stress and strain and as a means of escape from a harsh reality.
  • Also not a brand-new offering, this company offers herbal alternatives in the form of sunblock, bug repellent, muscle pain alleviator, and poison oak and ivy soap.

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