verb (used with object), al·le·vi·at·ed, al·le·vi·at·ing.

  1. to make easier to endure; lessen; mitigate: to alleviate sorrow; to alleviate pain.


  1. (tr) to make (pain, sorrow, etc) easier to bear; lessen; relieve

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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