alleviate meaning, alleviate definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( 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.  
FORMAL      verb   (=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.     
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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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