Definition of alleviate in English:



  • Make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe.

    ‘he couldn't prevent her pain, only alleviate it’
    ‘measures to alleviate unemployment’
    • ‘He called for concerted efforts in preventing spread of the disease and alleviating the suffering of people infected and affected.’
    • ‘This herb boosts memory and alleviates circulatory problems.’
    • ‘Try uninstalling to see if this alleviates the problem.’
    • ‘The restrictions will stay in force until the problem is alleviated by a period of sustained rainfall.’
    • ‘Far from alleviating the problem, the farming of carnivorous fish, such as salmon, adds to the pressure on wild fish populations.’
    • ‘The decriminalisation of abortion would assist in alleviating this problem.’
    • ‘At the core of this book is a call for a radical rethinking of how psychiatric problems are alleviated.’
    • ‘A large, modern bus station would surely help alleviate the problems and keep the traffic flowing.’
    • ‘It alleviated the problem a little, but not enough to stave off looming financial disaster.’
    • ‘The pedestrian crossing at Market Hill has also been switched off to help alleviate traffic problems.’
    • ‘The jolting problem was alleviated by using larger wheels and solid rubber tyres.’
    • ‘The brothers hope to alleviate the problems they encountered during their school days.’
    • ‘Inflation therefore is the only sensible solution toward alleviating this problem.’
    • ‘If it alleviates social problems later then it's a good thing, as far as I'm concerned.’
    • ‘I'm pleased that in Cumbria at least the money is going into a pool, which will be used to alleviate the problems.’
    • ‘The work is not alleviating the problem, it is making it worse in my eyes.’
    • ‘A number of industry sources have said a massive cow cull in the past year could have alleviated the current problem.’
    • ‘Hold the image of that person in your mind, imagining that their suffering is alleviated.’
    • ‘So can our community leaders come up with a plan of action to help alleviate this problem?’
    • ‘All monies raised will go towards alleviating the suffering of survivors.’
    reduce, ease, relieve, take the edge off, deaden, dull, diminish, lessen, weaken, lighten, attenuate, allay, assuage, palliate, damp, soothe, help, soften, temper, control, still, quell, quieten, quiet, tone down, blunt, dilute, moderate, mitigate, modify, abate, lull, pacify, placate, mollify, sweeten
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Late Middle English: from late Latin alleviat- lightened, from the verb alleviare, from Latin allevare, from ad- to + levare raise, influenced by levis light.