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Definition to lessen something that is bad — especially to lessen pain
  • Regular massage will help to alleviate the pain.
alleviate = lessen
  • She wants to save the planet and alleviate poverty at the same time.
  • alleviate = lessen
  • May seemed to be aware of his disappointment, but without knowing how to alleviate it; and they stood up and walked silently home.
    Wharton, Edith  --  The Age of Innocence
  • alleviate = lessen
  • habit brought—no, not alleviation—but a certain callousness of soul, a certain acquiescence of despair;
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • alleviation = lessening of pain
  • There had been a great deal of concern that he might lapse into a long-term coma, but his wakening had alleviated all the worry.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • alleviated = lessened (reduced)
  • The mansion was eerily quiet, with only the fizzle of the last few solinium flares to alleviate the stillness.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • alleviate = lessen or make less severe (something that is bad)
  • If nothing else, it alleviated the pain of simply watching.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • alleviated = reduced
  • Lourdes's boyfriend tries to find a way to alleviate the sadness he sees in Lourdes.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • alleviate = lessen (something that is bad)
  • The lights inside were bright, but they did little to alleviate the blackness of the encroaching forest.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • alleviate = lessen (especially something bad)
  • It was stunning to Mariam how quickly alleviating hunger became the crux of their existence.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • alleviating = to lessen something that is bad
  • I decide to take care of his upper body first, to alleviate some pain, before I tackle whatever damage Cato did to his leg.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • alleviate = lessen (something that is bad)
  • ...she wasn't even attempting to alleviate my concerns.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • alleviate = lessen
  • The colony is working to alleviate this problem with the nectar, as it puts a world of hurt on the potential for export.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • alleviate = to lessen something that is bad
  • Honour to those indefatigable spirits who consecrate their vigils to the amelioration or to the alleviation of their kind!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • alleviation = diminishing of bad
  • Sarah served, carrying on a babbling conversation which alleviated the need for either adult to speak to the other.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • alleviated = to lessen something that is bad — especially pain
  • Towards dawn his brother became serener. (For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation?)
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • alleviation = to lessen something that is bad
  • Small periods of socialization are granted to alleviate the tedium.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • alleviate = decrease (lessen something that is bad)
  • ...and during this period I was busied in earnest endeavors to alleviate the melancholy of my friend.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • alleviate = to lessen something that is bad
  • And that was how Baba ended those humiliating food stamp moments at the cash register and alleviated one of his greatest fears:
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • alleviated = reduced something bad
  • He had been so sure that Sirius's reply would alleviate his worries rather than increasing them.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
alleviate = lessen (something that is bad)

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