alleviate

  • 1 Alleviate — Al*le vi*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Alleviated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Alleviating}.] [LL. alleviare, fr. L. ad + levis light. See {Alegge}, {Levity}.] 1. To lighten or lessen the force or weight of. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Should no others join capable… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 alleviate — [ə lē′vē āt΄] vt. alleviated, alleviating [ME alleviaten < LL alleviatus, pp. of alleviare, for L allevare < ad , to + levis, LIGHT2] 1. to make less hard to bear; lighten or relieve (pain, suffering, etc.) 2. to reduce or decrease [to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 alleviate — I verb abate, adievare, allay, appease, assuage, attenuate, blunt, calm, check, commute, compose, console, curb, dampen, diminish, disburden, disencumber, divert, dulcify, dull, ease, ease the burden, extenuate, free, help, hush, lessen, lighten …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 alleviate — (v.) late 15c., from M.Fr. allevier or directly from L.L. alleviatus, pp. of alleviare to lighten, from L. ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + levis light in weight (see LEVER (Cf. lever)). Related: Alleviated; alleviating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 alleviate — *relieve, lighten, assuage, mitigate, allay Analogous words: *moderate, temper: lessen, reduce, diminish, *decrease: remedy, *cure Antonyms: aggravate Contrasted words: intensify, heighten: *provoke, excite, stimulate: arouse, awaken, rouse, * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 alleviate — [v] relieve; lessen allay, assuage, ease, lighten, mitigate, mollify, pacify, pour oil on*, soft pedal*, take the bite out*, take the edge off*, take the sting out*; concepts 7,22,110,236,247 Ant. aggravate, heighten, increase, intensify, magnify …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 alleviate — ► VERB ▪ make (pain or difficulty) less severe. DERIVATIVES alleviation noun alleviator noun. ORIGIN Latin alleviare lighten …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 alleviate — verb ADVERB ▪ considerably, greatly, significantly (esp. BrE) ▪ These problems have been greatly alleviated by the passing of the new Act. ▪ partially, partly, somewhat …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 9 alleviate — verb use ice to alleviate the swelling Syn: reduce, ease, relieve, take the edge off, deaden, dull, diminish, lessen, weaken, lighten, attenuate, mitigate, allay, assuage, palliate, damp, soothe, help, soften …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 10 alleviate — UK [əˈliːvɪeɪt] / US [əˈlɪvɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms alleviate : present tense I/you/we/they alleviate he/she/it alleviates present participle alleviating past tense alleviated past participle alleviated formal to make something less… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 alleviate — al|le|vi|ate [əˈli:vieıt] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: , past participle of alleviare, from Latin ad to + levis light ] to make something less painful or difficult to deal with alleviate the problem/situation/suffering etc ▪ a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 alleviate — /əˈlivieɪt / (say uh leeveeayt) verb (t) (alleviated, alleviating) to make easier to be endured; lessen; mitigate: to alleviate sorrow; to alleviate pain; to alleviate punishment. {Late Latin alleviātus, past participle} –alleviator, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 alleviate — /euh lee vee ayt /, v.t., alleviated, alleviating. to make easier to endure; lessen; mitigate: to alleviate sorrow; to alleviate pain. [1425 75; late ME alleviaten < LL alleviatus (ptp. of alleviare), equiv. to al AL + levi(s) light, not heavy +… …

    Universalium

  • 14 alleviate — al|le|vi|ate [ ə livi,eıt ] verb transitive to make something less painful, severe, or serious: The doctor has prescribed some drugs to alleviate the pain. The U.N. s most important objective is to alleviate world poverty …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 alleviate — [[t]əli͟ːvieɪt[/t]] alleviates, alleviating, alleviated VERB If you alleviate pain, suffering, or an unpleasant condition, you make it less intense or severe. [FORMAL] [V n] Nowadays, a great deal can be done to alleviate back pain. [V n] ...the… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 alleviate — verb (T) to make something less painful or difficult: a medicine to alleviate cold symptoms | measures to alleviate poverty alleviation noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 alleviate — transitive verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Late Latin alleviatus, past participle of alleviare, from Latin ad + levis light more at light Date: 15th century relieve, lessen: as a. to make (as suffering) more bearable < her …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 alleviate — verb To make less severe, as a pain or difficulty. Alcohol is often a cheap tool to alleviate the stress of a hard day. Syn: address, allay, ameliorate, assuage, ease …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 alleviate — al·le·vi·ate ə lē vē .āt vt, at·ed; at·ing to make (as symptoms) less severe or more bearable <a lotion to alleviate itching> al·le·vi·a·tion .lē vē ā shən n …

    Medical dictionary

  • 20 alleviate — al•le•vi•ate [[t]əˈli viˌeɪt[/t]] v. t. at•ed, at•ing to make easier to endure; lessen; mitigate: to alleviate pain[/ex] • Etymology: 1425–75; < LL alleviātus, ptp. of alleviāre to lighten al•le′vi•ant, n. adj. al•le vi•a′tion, n. al•le′vi•a… …

    From formal English to slang


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