to make easier to endure; lessen; mitigate:
to alleviate sorrow; to alleviate pain.
Contemporary Examples

A danger not alleviated by a Russian decision to supply President Bashar al-Assad with a new advanced air defense system.
Mideast War in Our Time? Jamie Dettmer May 30, 2013

“The short-term pressures might have alleviated, but the longer-term pressures are still with us,” she said.
Christine Lagarde at Davos: Europe Must ‘Guard Against Relapse in 2013’ Daniel Gross January 23, 2013

For example, back pain can be alleviated by strong glutes—a result of squatting and deadlifting.
Why You Should Train Like an Athlete (Even If You Aren’t One) DailyBurn December 19, 2013

Historical Examples

Digestion is to be aided, diarrhoea to be checked, and disturbances of respiration to be alleviated.
A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I Various

He composed such incantations also by which distempers are alleviated.
The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus

His sorrows were not alleviated by the fact that Gossett won the fifth and sixth holes.
The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse

This fate could only be alleviated by the education and elevation of women.
A Little Journey in the World Charles Dudley Warner

This very feeling led him to catch with eagerness at every means by which the trial might be shortened or alleviated.
The World’s Greatest Books, Vol X Various

Our losses were severe, and they were not alleviated by the consolations of victory.
The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell

Must we accuse society of having created these evils, or acknowledge, on the contrary, that it has alleviated them?
An “Attic” Philosopher, Complete Emile Souvestre

(transitive) to make (pain, sorrow, etc) easier to bear; lessen; relieve

late 15c., from Middle French allevier or directly from Late Latin alleviatus, past participle of alleviare “to lighten,” from Latin ad- “to” (see ad-) + levis “light” in weight (see lever). Related: Alleviated; alleviating.


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