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alleviate

[uh-lee-vee-eyt] /əˈli viˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), alleviated, alleviating.
1.
to make easier to endure; lessen; mitigate:
to alleviate sorrow; to alleviate pain.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English alleviaten < Late Latin alleviātus (past participle of alleviāre), equivalent to al- al- + levi(s) light, not heavy + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
unalleviated, adjective
unalleviatedly, adverb
unalleviating, adjective
unalleviatingly, adverb
Synonyms
lighten, diminish, abate, relieve, assuage.
Antonyms
increase, strengthen; aggravate, intensify.
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British Dictionary definitions for alleviate

alleviate

/əˈliːvɪˌeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make (pain, sorrow, etc) easier to bear; lessen; relieve
Derived Forms
alleviation, noun
alleviative, adjective
alleviator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin alleviāre to mitigate, from Latin levis light
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Word Origin and History for alleviate
v.

late 15c., from Middle French allevier or directly from Late Latin alleviatus, past participle of alleviare "to lighten," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + levis "light" in weight (see lever). Related: Alleviated; alleviating.

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