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[uh-lee-vee-eyt] /əˈli viˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), alleviated, alleviating.
to make easier to endure; lessen; mitigate:
to alleviate sorrow; to alleviate pain.
late Middle English
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
lighten, diminish, abate, relieve, assuage.
increase, strengthen; aggravate, intensify. Unabridged
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  • If plants were more efficient at fixing nitrogen, the problem could be alleviated.
  • Immediately treating this burn, pain is alleviated and abolished within five minutes and there will be little or no skin damage.
  • Symptoms can be alleviated and thus make for better quality of life.
  • That's not to deny that better policy could have alleviated the pain, a question we'll return to later.
  • Poverty is often regarded primarily as an economic problem which can be alleviated by sending money.
  • And if he does tackle them successfully, the big causes of human suffering-disease and poverty-will be automatically alleviated.
  • Basic concerns-over the difficulty of monitoring polio or the need to keep vaccines cool-might be alleviated.
  • So experts are uncertain how public anxiety should be alleviated.
  • Entreaties by hospitals and others have not alleviated the problem.
  • At the lowliest level, small-change coins made from base metal alleviated the dearth of coins in the streets.
British Dictionary definitions for alleviated


(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 alleviated



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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