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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 al·le·vi·ate /əˈliviˌet/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 al·le·vi·ate /əˈlɪvɪˌet/ 及物動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Al·le·vi·ate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Alleviated; p. pr. & vb. n. Alleviating.]
 1. To lighten or lessen the force or weight of. [Obs.]
    Should no others join capable to alleviate the expense.   --Evelyn.
    Those large bladders . . . conduce much to the alleviating of the body [of flying birds].   --Ray.
 2. To lighten or lessen (physical or mental troubles); to mitigate, or make easier to be endured; as, to alleviate sorrow, pain, care, etc. ; -- opposed to aggravate.
    The calamity of the want of the sense of hearing is much alleviated by giving the use of letters.   --Bp. Horsley.
 3. To extenuate; to palliate. [R.]
    He alleviates his fault by an excuse.   --Johnson.
 Syn: -- To lessen; diminish; soften; mitigate; assuage; abate; relieve; nullify; allay.
 Usage: -- To Alleviate, Mitigate, Assuage, Allay. These words have in common the idea of relief from some painful state; and being all figurative, they differ in their application, according to the image under which this idea is presented. Alleviate supposes a load which is lightened or taken off; as, to alleviate one's cares. Mitigate supposes something fierce which is made mild; as, to mitigate one's anguish. Assuage supposes something violent which is quieted; as, to assuage one's sorrow. Allay supposes something previously excited, but now brought down; as, to allay one's suffering or one's thirst. To alleviate the distresses of life; to mitigate the fierceness of passion or the violence of grief; to assuage angry feeling; to allay wounded sensibility.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will
           relieve your headaches" [syn: relieve, palliate, assuage]
      2: make easier; "you could facilitate the process by sharing
         your knowledge" [syn: facilitate, ease]