alleviate

verb

use ice to alleviate the swelling

Syn:
reduce, ease, relieve, take the edge off, deaden, dull, diminish, lessen, weaken, lighten, attenuate, mitigate, allay, assuage, palliate, damp, soothe, help, soften, temper
Ant:
aggravate
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alleviate, abate, allay, assuage, mitigate, relieve, temper
To alleviate is to make something easier to endure (alleviate the pain following surgery); allay is often used interchangeably, but it also means to put to rest, to quiet or calm (to allay their suspicions). Assuage and allay both suggest the calming or satisfying of a desire or appetite, but assuage implies a more complete or permanent satisfaction (we allay our hunger by nibbling hors d'oeuvres, but a huge dinner assuages our appetite). To relieve implies reducing the misery or discomfort to the point where something is bearable (relieve the monotony of the cross-country bus trip) and mitigate, which comes from a Latin word meaning to soften, usually means to lessen in force or intensity (mitigate the storm's impact).Abate suggests a progressive lessening in degree or intensity (her fever was abating). To temper is to soften or moderate (to temper justice with mercy), but it can also mean the exact opposite: to harden or toughen something (tempering steel; a body tempered by lifting weights).

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  • Alleviate — Al*le vi*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Alleviated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Alleviating}.] [LL. alleviare, fr. L. ad + levis light. See {Alegge}, {Levity}.] 1. To lighten or lessen the force or weight of. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Should no others join capable… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alleviate — [ə lē′vē āt΄] vt. alleviated, alleviating [ME alleviaten < LL alleviatus, pp. of alleviare, for L allevare < ad , to + levis, LIGHT2] 1. to make less hard to bear; lighten or relieve (pain, suffering, etc.) 2. to reduce or decrease [to… …   English World dictionary

  • alleviate — I verb abate, adievare, allay, appease, assuage, attenuate, blunt, calm, check, commute, compose, console, curb, dampen, diminish, disburden, disencumber, divert, dulcify, dull, ease, ease the burden, extenuate, free, help, hush, lessen, lighten …   Law dictionary

  • alleviate — (v.) late 15c., from M.Fr. allevier or directly from L.L. alleviatus, pp. of alleviare to lighten, from L. ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + levis light in weight (see LEVER (Cf. lever)). Related: Alleviated; alleviating …   Etymology dictionary

  • alleviate — *relieve, lighten, assuage, mitigate, allay Analogous words: *moderate, temper: lessen, reduce, diminish, *decrease: remedy, *cure Antonyms: aggravate Contrasted words: intensify, heighten: *provoke, excite, stimulate: arouse, awaken, rouse, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • alleviate — [v] relieve; lessen allay, assuage, ease, lighten, mitigate, mollify, pacify, pour oil on*, soft pedal*, take the bite out*, take the edge off*, take the sting out*; concepts 7,22,110,236,247 Ant. aggravate, heighten, increase, intensify, magnify …   New thesaurus

  • alleviate — ► VERB ▪ make (pain or difficulty) less severe. DERIVATIVES alleviation noun alleviator noun. ORIGIN Latin alleviare lighten …   English terms dictionary

  • alleviate — verb ADVERB ▪ considerably, greatly, significantly (esp. BrE) ▪ These problems have been greatly alleviated by the passing of the new Act. ▪ partially, partly, somewhat …   Collocations dictionary

  • alleviate — UK [əˈliːvɪeɪt] / US [əˈlɪvɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms alleviate : present tense I/you/we/they alleviate he/she/it alleviates present participle alleviating past tense alleviated past participle alleviated formal to make something less… …   English dictionary

  • alleviate — al|le|vi|ate [əˈli:vieıt] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: , past participle of alleviare, from Latin ad to + levis light ] to make something less painful or difficult to deal with alleviate the problem/situation/suffering etc ▪ a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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