Verb alleviate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


alleviate (third-person singular simple present alleviates, present participle alleviating, simple past and past participle alleviated)

  1. (transitive) To make less severe, as a pain or difficulty.

More definition: make easier to endure; lessen; mitigate, to alleviate sorrow; to alleviate pain.

1. (transitive) to make (pain, sorrow, etc) easier to bear; lessen; relieve Derived Formsalleviation, nounalleviative, adjectivealleviator, noun ameliorate Word OriginC15, from Late Latin alleviāre to mitigate, from Latin levis lightCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


She wasn't sure why she'd hoped he was gone, except that his absence would alleviate her guilty conscious.

But he'd won her as Kisolm's younger brother, Romas, had decreed, which should alleviate any accusations brought on by their clan, if Kisolm's father talked some sense into the arrogant crown prince.

He was made commanderin-chief of the National Guard, and appointed by the Convention warder to the king, in which position he did all in his power to alleviate Louis's captivity.

A famine) in all parts of the world, it frequently raises large sums of money to alleviate the same, and intervenes, often successfully, and mostly without publicity, with those in authority who have the power to bring about an amelioration.

TRUCE OF GOD, an attempt of the Church in the middle ages to alleviate the evils of private warfare.

The early months of 50 were occupied by the administration of justice, chiefly at Laodicea, and by various attempts to alleviate the distress in the province caused by the exactions of his predecessor, Appius Claudius.

Actual famine is what we think of in history, where a certain region simply does not produce enough calories to support its population, and additional calories cannot be imported in time to alleviate the hunger.

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