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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb alleviate:


Alleviate (to relieve; improve partially) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the verb alleviate

What does alleviate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: alleviated | alleviating | alleviates

  1. provide physical relief, as from pain
  2. make easier
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of alleviate: ease / facilitate
    • more generic words: aid / assist / help = give help or assistance

Alternative definition of the verb alleviate


  1. [transitive] To make less severe, as a pain or difficulty.

Definition of the verb alleviate for high school students

    to relieve, make more bearable
    • example: This drug will alleviate the symptoms of the terrible disease, but only for a while.

The verb alleviate is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for alleviate

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Google previewThe Pearson Complete Guide For The Cat (2011)

by Sinha Nishit K

Alleviate means to make the things more bearable, aggravate means to worsen. 10. Callous means insensitive, so sensitive is the ...

Google previewEffective Writing (2004)

A Guide for Social Science Students by Pedro Pak-tao Ng

Alleviate is the word to use when you mean to say to lighten a burden or minimize trouble. If you have in mind a condition, rather than some specific pain or ...

Google previewFloods and Landslides: Integrated Risk Assessment (2012)

by Riccardo Casale, Claudio Margottini

Alleviate means not only a global reduction of damages, but also a progress in social equity toward the residual risks. These lasts remain always present, even when an actual application of strong land planning measures, and/or of protection ...

Google previewASVAB AFQT For Dummies (2017)

With Online Practice Tests by Angie Papple Johnston, Rod Powers

Alleviate is a verb that means to make suffering or a problem ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

ALLEVIATE—A LLIACEOUS. triclly, has many attractive public buildings and several high-grade educational institutions; and is noted for its extensive iron works. A large proportion of the population is ' Pennsylvania Dutch,' so-called, ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

simultaneously allay alleviate, appease, assuage, blunt, calm, check, compose, diminish, ease, lessen , lull, mitigate, moderate, mollify, pacify, quell, quiet, reduce, relieve, repress, ...

Google previewThe Complete Encyclopedia of Medicine & Health (2006)

by J. P. Schadé

It is used to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms experienced when giving up smoking. Niconil A proprietary, non-prescription preparation of nicotine. It is used to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms experienced when giving up smoking.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, 2 Volume Set (2010)

by John Anthony McGuckin

The Christianization of the empire succeeded in creating hospitals and similar institutions to alleviate the effects of poverty. The church also owned many bakeries and lands with which it aided the poor. There were even occasions in Egypt ...

Google previewDictionary of English Synonyms (2014)

Vocabulary Building by Manik Joshi

ALLEVIATE -- (meaning) to make something less unpleasant Synonyms for „ Alleviate‟ -- assuage/ease / mitigate ****** 025. AMBIANCE -- (meaning) the feeling that somebody have in a particular place or situation Synonyms for „ Ambiance‟ ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney (1901)

by William Dwight Whitney, Benjamin Eli Smith

Excellent medicines to alleviate those evils which we bring upon ourselves. Bentley. The darkest complexion is not a little alleviated by a black hood. ddison. The little apples which it [the nebbak-tree] bears are slightly acid and excellent for ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of World Poverty (2006)

by Mehmet Odekon

alleviate. poverty. For instance, the trickle-down effect is often supposed to be a tenet of supply-side economics. This effect occurs when taxes are eased for the classes or groups who are more responsible for economic growth, such as ...

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In all large corporations, there is a pervasive fear that someone, somewhere is having fun with a computer on company time. Networks help alleviate that fear. (John C. Dvorak)
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Scrabble value of A1L1L1E1V4I1A1T1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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