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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Late Latin
Origin: , past participle of alleviare, from Latin ad- 'to' + levis 'light'

alleviate

verb
     
al‧le‧vi‧ate [transitive]
to make something less painful or difficult to deal with
alleviate the problem/situation/suffering etc
a new medicine to alleviate the symptoms of flu
measures to alleviate poverty
alleviation noun [uncountable]

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