• WordNet 3.6
    • v alleviate provide physical relief, as from pain "This pill will relieve your headaches"
    • v alleviate make easier "you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Alleviate To extenuate; to palliate. "He alleviates his fault by an excuse."
    • Alleviate 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. "The calamity of the want of the sense of hearing is much alleviated by giving the use of letters."
    • Alleviate To lighten or lessen the force or weight of. "Should no others join capable to alleviate the expense.""Those large bladders . . . conduce much to the alleviating of the body [of flying birds]."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • alleviate 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.
    • alleviate To represent as less; lessen the magnitude or heinousness of; extenuate: applied to moral conduct: as, to alleviate an offense.
    • alleviate 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Alleviate al-lēv′i-āt to make light: to mitigate
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  • Tryon Edwards
    “To rejoice in another's prosperity is to give content to your lot; to mitigate another's grief is to alleviate or dispel your own.”
  • Derek Jarman
    Derek Jarman
    “I'm not afraid of death but I am afraid of dying. Pain can be alleviated by morphine but the pain of social ostracism cannot be taken away.”
  • Woody Allen
    “Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it.”
  • Albert Camus
    “Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Bodily labor alleviates the pains of the mind and from this arises the happiness of the poor.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. alleviare, fr. L. ad, + levis, light. See Alegge Levity
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ad, levis, light.


In literature:

Gradually one alleviation was added to another, and Mrs. Bilton forgot the rigours of the beginning.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
They then brought Sigurd to visit her and learn whether her grief might not be alleviated.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
The food is bitter-sweet and the alleviation is not satisfaction, but neither is it starvation!
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
It is something, surely, to alleviate affliction, if we cannot entirely remove it.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
She heard of her sorrows with commiseration and rejoiced in the ability to alleviate them.
"Elsie's children" by Martha Finley
Every virtue was to be viewed as merely removing guilt and alleviating suffering, knowledge itself being precious only as a means to that end.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Not for a friend; that would have had alleviating circumstances.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus
This is no alleviation of their guilt.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
A thousand little acts of alleviation, at best temporary, interrupted her living.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Restrain your impatience or you may mar what you attempt to alleviate.
"Mathilda" by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

In poetry:

In misery she chose to die,
Yet we will make her money fly.
And as we mourn for poor Aunt Jane
The thought alleviates our pain:
Perhaps her savings in the end
Gave her more joy than we who spend.
"Aunt Jane" by Robert W Service

In news:

That didn't seem to alleviate Cole 's concern.
The combined solution is supposed to alleviate the barriers to entry in the traditional enterprise environment.
It would make life so much easier for people who have to drive into the city and alleviate congestion.
The best way to get economies to grow, and alleviate the debt problem, is to make them more competitive .
Remember that simplicity can quickly alleviate confusion surrounding what employees are now expected to do.
Washington County commissioners interviewed seven local attorneys vying for a new judgeship created to alleviate long days in court due to overcrowded criminal and civil dockets.
Eric Levis, commission press secretary, said the lake was drawn down by about 5 feet to alleviate pressure on the dam .
State Rep Jud Gilbert, R-Algonac, said he thought the phase-in aspect of the tax cuts over 10 years would help alleviate the potential for deficits .
Global oil demand will be sluggish throughout 2013 as economic expansion remains tepid and oil supply levels comfortable, which could alleviate oil price pressures on consumers, the West's energy agency said on Wednesday.
German song and dance alleviates discomfort of beer-soaked jeans.
However, neither APDS (Auburn Placer Disposal Service) nor the city and county do much to alleviate the situation.
"And any changes that do come are likely a year away," Rada said, which would do little to alleviate the district 's budgetary concerns for this fall.
Brazil investing $5B in irrigation project to alleviate drought .
"Being able to now study boredom in non- human animals is an important step in our efforts to understand its causes and effects and find ways to alleviate boredom-related problems across species," he said.
Alleviating hunger in the Panhandle Spirit.

In science:

To alleviate this problem we simulated lopsided star-forming galaxies in which the solar sector was the more active.
Are Ti44-Producing Supernovae Exceptional?
In the following we will sometimes drop the N −dependence in the Hamiltonian H (σ) in order to alleviate notation.
Variational Bounds for the Generalized Random Energy Model
These can at least alleviate the finetuning problem of cosmological constant because of their dynamical nature. A general guidance to obtain viable dark energy models is that the energy density of it is “hidden” during radiation and matter dominant eras and comes out near to the present epoch.
General analytic formulae for attractor solutions of scalar-field dark energy models and their multi-field generalizations
We will indicate what additional techniques can alleviate this problem, without going into any detailed analysis to be presented at a later time.
Quantum Noise Randomized Ciphers
Future observations by GLAST should alleviate some of the uncertainty in the background determination. A comparison of the upper limit by Keshet et al. (2004) and equation (6) indicates that starburst galaxies may indeed contribute significantly to the diffuse γ -ray background.
Assessing The Starburst Contribution to the Gamma-Ray and Neutrino Backgrounds