To lighten or lessen the force or body weight of
- make easier
- provide actual relief, as from pain
- To lighten or decrease the force or body weight of.
- To lighten or lessen (bodily or psychological troubles); to mitigate, or make better to be endured; as, to ease sorrow, discomfort, treatment, etc. ; -- in opposition to aggravate.
- To extenuate; to palliate.
late 15c., from Middle French allevier or straight from belated Latin alleviatus, previous participle of alleviare "to lighten," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + levis "light" in fat (see lever). Related: Alleviated; relieving.
(v. t.) To lighten or decrease the power or fat of.
- (v. t.) To lighten or lessen (bodily or emotional troubles); to mitigate, or make more straightforward to be endured; as, to alleviate sorrow, discomfort, attention, etc. ; -- against aggravate.
- (v. t.) To extenuate; to palliate.
In 1901, after years of disastrous drought and famine, the government of India appointed a commission to examine throughout all India what could be done by irrigation to alleviate the horrors of famine.