Definition of alleviate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

alleviate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈliːvieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈliːvieɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they alleviate
BrE BrE//əˈliːvieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈliːvieɪt//
 
he / she / it alleviates
BrE BrE//əˈliːvieɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈliːvieɪts//
 
past simple alleviated
BrE BrE//əˈliːvieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈliːvieɪtɪd//
 
past participle alleviated
BrE BrE//əˈliːvieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈliːvieɪtɪd//
 
-ing form alleviating
BrE BrE//əˈliːvieɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈliːvieɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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alleviate something to make something less severe synonym ease to alleviate suffering A number of measures were taken to alleviate the problem. Word Origin late Middle English: from late Latin alleviat- ‘lightened’, from the verb alleviare, from Latin allevare, from ad- ‘to’ + levare ‘raise’, influenced by levis ‘light’.Extra examples These measures are designed to alleviate the situation. These problems have been greatly alleviated by the passing of the new Act. Are we doing enough to alleviate poverty in these countries?
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