alleviate Definition

  • 1to make something less severe or intense
  • 2to reduce pain, suffering, or difficulty

Using alleviate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "alleviate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The medicine helped to alleviate her pain.

  • Example

    We need to find ways to alleviate poverty.

  • Example

    He tried to alleviate their fears by explaining the situation.

alleviate Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for alleviate

Antonyms for alleviate

Phrases with alleviate

  • to reduce or relieve feelings of mental or emotional tension


    Taking a walk can help alleviate stress.

  • alleviate symptoms

    to reduce or eliminate the physical manifestations of an illness or condition


    The medication helped alleviate his allergy symptoms.

  • to reduce or eliminate feelings of physical or emotional pain


    The hospice staff worked to alleviate the patient's suffering.

Origins of alleviate

from Late Latin 'alleviare', from Latin 'levare' meaning 'to lift'


Summary: alleviate in Brief

To 'alleviate' [əˈliːvieɪt] means to make something less severe or intense, such as reducing pain, suffering, or difficulty. Examples include 'The medicine helped to alleviate her pain.' and 'We need to find ways to alleviate poverty.' Phrases like 'alleviate stress' and 'alleviate symptoms' denote reducing or eliminating specific issues, while 'alleviate suffering' refers to reducing or eliminating feelings of pain.