AskDefine | Define alleviate

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1 provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches" [syn: relieve, palliate, assuage]
2 make easier; "you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge" [syn: facilitate, ease]

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From alleviatus, past participle of alleviare "to lighten" (ad- + levis).



  1. To make less severe, as a pain or difficulty.
    Alcohol is often a cheap tool to alleviate the stress of a hard day.


make less severe



  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, alleviare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, alleviare#Italian|alleviare
  3. Form of Second-person plural present subjunctive, alleviare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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