from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective made less severe or intense.

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  • adjective Made more bearable.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of alleviate.

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  • adjective (of pain or sorrow) made easier to bear


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  • One problem that may be alleviated is refining capacity.

    Bill Clinton: High oil prices here to stay

  • I feel that such a solution would prove to be win/win/win for everyone involved, including the local businesses, VDOT for the passersby, and the community alleviated from a huge portion of current and expected congestion traffic. mike_n

    Stalled Again on the Meadowcreek Parkway at

  • LAVANDERA: And, you know, we've been talking a lot about how levee breaches in other areas, the upstream and downstream from where we are, where Reynolds Wolf was, that is a situation that has kind of alleviated and eased the burden here.

    CNN Transcript Jun 20, 2008

  • And here we would express our sincere thanks to all such as alleviated so greatly the burdens war had imposed upon us -- alleviated these by friendly sympathies, which found expression in deeds of kindness and love, and that at a time and in circumstances when the sword of Damocles was suspended over their heads, for to give an enemy a drop of cold water was then considered a great crime!

    In the Shadow of Death

  • The Japanese government has also ordered Toyota to investigate brake problems but the company says it was "alleviated" at the end of last month by making changes to the software in the braking system.

    BBC - Ouch

  • He wrote: “These concerns are alleviated—if not eliminated—by the fact that a single impartial magistrate will ultimately adjudicate all objections arising from the recount process.”

    The Conservative Assault on the Constitution

  • Alas, the Internet said caffeine alleviated headaches in the proper dosage.

    Chocolate & Vicodin

  • What should I have said or done that would have alleviated their growing discomfort?

    Fire The Sky

  • It also alleviated the need for Sisko to deal with the next loss in his life—or it at least postponed that need.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire

  • The individual knows that he will die and, consequently, that some of his misfortunes can never be alleviated within his lifetime.

    In the Valley of the Shadow


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