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English definition of “alleviate”

alleviate

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