These verbs mean to make something less severe or more bearable. To relieve is to make more endurable something causing discomfort or distress: “that misery which he strives in vain to relieve” (Henry David Thoreau). Allay suggests at least temporary relief from what is burdensome or painful: “This music crept by me upon the waters,/Allaying both their fury and my passion/With its sweet air” (Shakespeare). Alleviate connotes temporary lessening of distress without removal of its cause: “No arguments shall be wanting on my part that can alleviate so severe a misfortune” (Jane Austen). To assuage is to soothe or make milder: assuaged his guilt by confessing to the crime.Lighten signifies to make less heavy or oppressive: legislation that would lighten the taxpayer's burden.Mitigate and palliate connote moderating the force or intensity of something that causes suffering: “I … prayed to the Lord to mitigate a calamity” (John Galt). “Men turn to him in the hour of distress, as of all statesmen the most fitted to palliate it” (William E.H. Lecky).
But if the change from straight to circular is made through the medium of a suitable curve it is possible to relieve the abruptness, even on curves of comparatively small radius.
General Baratieri, upon returning to the colony, decided to execute a coup de main against the dervish base at Kassala, both in order to relieve pressure from that quarter and to preclude a combined Abyssiefian and clcrvish attack upon the colony at the end of 1894.
It arose out of the attempt of the Spanish and Italian forces to relieve Ravenna, besieged by Gaston de Foix, duke of Nemours.
Indeed his functions as Labour adviser so occupied his time and attention, that it was thought desirable to relieve him in Aug.
As in the case of quinine, the administration of small doses of hydrobromic acid often relieve the milder symptoms.