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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 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 previewEncyclopedia of Family Health (2011)

by Martha Craft-Rosenberg, Shelley-Rae Pehler

By identifying family strengths and weaknesses at the start of therapy and attempting to alleviate stressors and capitalize on family strengths, providers can ...

Google previewMental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being [3 volumes] (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being by Len Sperry

Description Acupressure is an ancient healing art that applies tactile pressure to determined locations throughout the body in an attempt to stimulate healing, relieve pain, alleviate stress, and promote positive energy. Twelve channels, or ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health (2011)

by James M. Rippe

Dietary habits often help alleviate and control the severity of GERD symptoms for many patients. This can be done by avoiding foods that can decrease the LES tone and foods that directly irritate the esophagus (e.g., spicy foods, orange juice, ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2012)

Volume 20: Social Class by Larry J. Griffin, Peggy G. Hargis, Charles Reagan Wilson

Poverty and the attempt to alleviate its effects through governmental programs and private charity have a long history in the southern states. Initially imitating English Poor Laws, southern colonies assigned local parishes the task of caring for ...

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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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