alleviate ( alleviates 3rd person present) ( alleviating present participle) ( alleviated past tense & past participle ) If you alleviate pain, suffering, or an unpleasant condition, you make it less intense or severe.
(=ease) (Antonym: aggravate)
Nowadays, a great deal can be done to alleviate back pain. V n
alleviation n-uncount usu N of n
Their energies were focussed on the alleviation of the refugees' misery.
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
abate, allay, assuage, blunt, check, diminish, dull, ease, lessen, lighten, mitigate, moderate, mollify, palliate, quell, quench, quiet, reduce, relieve, slacken, slake, smooth, soften, soothe, subdue
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