December 13, 2016
Learner's Word of the Day
alleviate ˈliːviˌeɪt/ verb
alleviate
ˈliːviˌeɪt/
verb

alleviates; alleviated; alleviating

The ice pack alleviates swelling in the ankle.
The ice pack alleviates swelling in the ankle.
Learner's definition of ALLEVIATE

[+ object]

: to reduce the pain or trouble of (something) : to make (something) less painful, difficult, or severe

  • The doctor tried to alleviate [=relieve] her symptoms/suffering.

  • finding ways to alleviate stress

  • The new tunnel should alleviate [=lessen, reduce] traffic on the bridge.

  • government programs that are intended to alleviate [=reduce] poverty

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