Alleviate vs. Mitigate

Alleviate vs. Mitigate — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Alleviate and Mitigate

Alleviateverb

To make (pain, for example) less intense or more bearable

a drug that alleviates cold symptoms.

Mitigateverb

To make less severe or intense; moderate or alleviate.

Alleviateverb

To lessen or reduce

alleviate unemployment.

Mitigateverb

To make alterations to (land) to make it less polluted or more hospitable to wildlife.

Alleviateverb

(transitive) To make less severe, as a pain or difficulty.

Alcohol is often a cheap tool to alleviate the stress of a hard day.

Mitigateverb

(transitive) To reduce, lessen, or decrease.

Alleviateverb

provide physical relief, as from pain;

This pill will relieve your headaches

Mitigateverb

(transitive) To downplay.

Alleviateverb

make easier;

you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge

Mitigateverb

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of;

The circumstances extenuate the crime

Mitigateverb

make less severe or harsh;

mitigating circumstances