AskDefine | Define alleviate

Dictionary Definition

alleviate

Verb

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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English

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

Verb

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

Translations

make less severe

Italian

Verb

alleviate
  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

abate, allay, anesthetize, appease, assuage, attemper, attenuate, bank the fire, bate, be light, benumb, blunt, chasten, constrain, control, cure, cushion, damp, dampen, de-emphasize, deaden, deaden the pain, dilute, diminish, disburden, disencumber, downplay, dull, ease, ease matters, extenuate, foment, give relief, have little weight, keep within bounds, kick the beam, lay, lenify, lessen, lighten, lull, make light, make lighter, mitigate, moderate, modulate, mollify, numb, obtund, off-load, pad, palliate, play down, poultice, pour balm into, pour oil on, reduce, reduce the temperature, reduce weight, relieve, remedy, remit, restrain, salve, slacken, slake, slow down, smother, sober, sober down, soften, soothe, stifle, stupe, subdue, suppress, tame, temper, tone down, tune down, unballast, unburden, underplay, unlade, unload, water down, weaken, weigh lightly
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