alleviate a problem

lessen a problem, allay a problem, ease a difficulty

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • problem — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 sth that causes difficulties ADJECTIVE ▪ acute, big, enormous, grave, great, huge, important, major, serious, significant …   Collocations dictionary

  • problem */*/*/ — UK [ˈprɒbləm] / US [ˈprɑbləm] noun [countable] Word forms problem : singular problem plural problems Metaphor: Problems and troubles are like illnesses. When things get better, people think of the problems as being cured. She thinks we live in a… …   English dictionary

  • alleviate — [[t]əli͟ːvieɪt[/t]] alleviates, alleviating, alleviated VERB If you alleviate pain, suffering, or an unpleasant condition, you make it less intense or severe. [FORMAL] [V n] Nowadays, a great deal can be done to alleviate back pain. [V n] ...the… …   English dictionary

  • allay, alleviate, assuage, relieve —    Alleviate should suggest giving temporary relief without removing the underlying cause of a problem. It is close in meaning to ease, a fact obviously unknown to the writer of this sentence:    ◘ It will ease the transit squeeze, but will not… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

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