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August 11, 2022

Word of the Day: Alleviate

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Word of the Day : August 11, 2022

alleviate \uh-LEE-vee-ayt\ verb

What It Means

Alleviate means "to make something less painful, difficult, or severe" or "to partially remove or correct."

// Mom's suggestions for ways to alleviate some of my cold symptoms included her special tea and plenty of sleep.

// The new tunnel should alleviate traffic on the bridge.

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Aired August 11, 2022

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