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English definition of “alleviate”

alleviate

verb [T] uk   /əˈliː.vi.eɪt/ formal us  
to make something bad such as pain or problems less severe: The drugs did nothing to alleviate her pain/suffering.
alleviation
noun [U] uk   /əˌliː.viˈeɪ.ʃən/ us  
the alleviation of poverty
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