from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make (pain, for example) more bearable: a drug that alleviates cold symptoms. See Synonyms at relieve.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make less severe, as a pain or difficulty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To lighten or lessen the force or weight of.
- transitive v. To lighten or lessen (physical or mental troubles); to mitigate, or make easier to be endured; ; -- opposed to
- transitive v. To extenuate; to palliate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make light, in a figurative sense; remove in part; lessen, mitigate, or make easier to be endured: as, to alleviate sorrow, pain, care, punishment, burdens, etc.: opposed to aggravate.
- To represent as less; lessen the magnitude or heinousness of; extenuate: applied to moral conduct: as, to alleviate an offense.
- Synonyms Alleviate, Relieve, Mitigate, Assuage, Allay, diminish, soften, abate, qualify, reduce. See allay. Where these words are applied to pain, etc., alleviate is to lighten somewhat, and especially in a soothing way; relieve and allay go further than alleviate, removing in large measure or altogether. Mitigate is to make mild, less severe; perhaps it stands midway between alleviate and relieve. Assuage is to calm down, and that idea underlies all its uses; allay conveys similarly the idea of putting to rest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. provide physical relief, as from pain
- v. make easier
Middle English alleviaten, from Late Latin alleviāre, alleviāt-, to lighten : Latin ad-, ad- + levis, light; see legwh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from Late Latin alleviatus, past participle of alleviare ("to lighten") (ad- ("towards") + levis ("light")). (Wiktionary)