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al·le·vi·ate  audio  (-lv-t) KEY 

TRANSITIVE VERB:
al·le·vi·at·ed, al·le·vi·at·ing, al·le·vi·ates
To make (pain, for example) more bearable: a drug that alleviates cold symptoms. See Synonyms at relieve.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English alleviaten, from Late Latin allevire, allevit-, to lighten : Latin ad-, ad- + levis, light; see legwh- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
al·levi·ation(Noun), al·levi·ator(Noun)


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