What does alleviate mean?

Definitions for alleviate
əˈli viˌeɪtal·le·vi·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. relieve, alleviate, palliate, assuageverb

    provide physical relief, as from pain

    "This pill will relieve your headaches"

  2. facilitate, ease, alleviateverb

    make easier

    "you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge"


  1. alleviateverb

    To make less severe, as a pain or difficulty.

    Alcohol is often a cheap tool to alleviate the stress of a hard day.

  2. Etymology: From alleviatus, past participle of alleviare (ad- + levis).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ALLEVIATEverb

    Etymology: allevo, Lat.

    Most of the distempers are the effects of abused plenty and luxury, and must not be charged upon our Maker; who, notwithstanding, hath provided excellent medicines, to alleviate those evils which we bring upon ourselves. Richard Bentley, Sermons.


  1. alleviate

    Pitfalls is the sixth studio album by Norwegian progressive metal band Leprous, released on 25 October 2019 via Inside Out Music and preceded by the singles "Below", "Alleviate", and "Distant Bells". It was recorded over six months at Ghostward Studios. A cellist, violinist, and classical choir were recruited for the production. Most of the songs were written and composed by Leprous vocalist Einar Solberg. A majority of critics approved of the album, bestowing particular esteem on the singing as well as the songs "Below", "Observe the Train", "At the Bottom", and "The Sky Is Red". Solberg's creative control was for some a point of contention. Pitfalls charted higher than its predecessor Malina in the Wallonia region of Belgium, Finland, France, the UK (rock and metal releases), and Top Heatseekers in the US.


  1. alleviate

    To alleviate is to lessen or reduce something, often in severity, pressure, or intensity. It is often used in the context of relieving pain, distress, or oppression.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alleviateverb

    to lighten or lessen the force or weight of

  2. Alleviateverb

    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

  3. Alleviateverb

    to extenuate; to palliate

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alleviate

    al-lēv′i-āt, v.t. to make light: to mitigate.—ns. Alleviā′tion; Allev′iātor. [L. ad, levis, light.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alleviate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alleviate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of alleviate in a Sentence

  1. Prime Minister Zoran Tegeltija:

    We are focusing in all ways on how to alleviate the consequences of the coronavirus.

  2. Ayham Kamel:

    Its leaders will not move forward with anything substantive, on the policy side perhaps the agreement will alleviate some sensitivities but the U.S. strategy in Iraq contradicts Iran's on several levels. A nuclear deal will not change that.

  3. Rick Snyder:

    I completely understand why some Flint residents are hesitant to drink the water and I am hopeful I can alleviate some of the skepticism and mistrust by putting words to action, flint residents made it clear that they would like to see me personally drink the water, so today I am fulfilling that request.

  4. Douglas Brinkley:

    It has been a long political year, and there is fatigue out there, the relief of having a new president will alleviate a lot of anxiety.

  5. Mr Musk:

    It’s a really simple and obvious idea and I wish more people would do it: build more tunnels, tunnels are great. It’s just a hole in the ground, it’s not that hard. But if you have tunnels in cities you would massively alleviate congestion and you could have tunnels at all different levels; you could probably have 30 layers of tunnels and completely fix the congestion problem in high-density cities. So, I strongly recommend tunnels.

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