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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