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Alleviate

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Alleviate \Al*le"vi*ate\, verb (used with an object) [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.]

Should no others join capable to alleviate the expense. --Evelyn.

Those large bladders . . . conduce much to the alleviating of the body [of flying birds]. --Ray.

2. To lighten or lessen (physical or mental troubles); to mitigate, or make easier to be endured; as, to alleviate sorrow, pain, care, etc.; -- opposed to {aggravate}.

The calamity of the want of the sense of hearing is much alleviated by giving the use of letters. --Bp. Horsley.

3. To extenuate; to palliate. [R.]

He alleviates his fault by an excuse. --Johnson.

Syn: To lessen; diminish; soften; mitigate; assuage; abate; relieve; nullify; allay.

Usage: To {Alleviate}, {Mitigate}, {Assuage}, {Allay}. These words have in common the idea of relief from some painful state; and being all figurative, they differ in their application, according to the image under which this idea is presented. Alleviate supposes a load which is lightened or taken off; as, to alleviate one's cares. Mitigate supposes something fierce which is made mild; as, to mitigate one's anguish. Assuage supposes something violent which is quieted; as, to assuage one's sorrow. Allay supposes something previously excited, but now brought down; as, to allay one's suffering or one's thirst. To alleviate the distresses of life; to mitigate the fierceness of passion or the violence of grief; to assuage angry feeling; to allay wounded sensibility.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

alleviate

verb

1: provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches" [syn: {relieve}, {alleviate}, {palliate}, {assuage}]

2: make easier; "you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge" [syn: {facilitate}, {ease}, {alleviate}]

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