(Latin: light in weight, lightness; to raise, to rise, to lift)
2. To make easier to endure; to lessen; to mitigate: Jim found that by keeping busy it helped to alleviate his sadness that was caused by the death of his lovable dog.
3. From Late Latin alleviatus, past participle of alleviare "to lighten", from Latin ad-, "to" plus levis, "light (in weight)".
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2. The act of relieving, or the state of being less uncomfortable, oppressive, or burdensome: Joe took an aspirin as an alleviation for his headache.
The new tunnel under the river will be a wonderful alleviator of the traffic going across the river on the bridge.
2. To raise the volume, the intensity, or amplitude of something: Because Sharon could hardly hear the news on the radio, she elevated the level of sound so she could hear more distinctly.
3. To improve and rise to a higher position: After teaching for 10 years at her school and being the head of the English department, June was elevated to the position of vice-principal.
4. To upgrade to a more improved intellectual, cultural, or moral level: The parents’ opinion of their daughter’s boyfriend was elevated significantly when they saw how he well he treated her and how friendly he was towards them.
5. To lift the spirits of; to be overjoyed or jubilant: The thought of going to Venice for their honeymoon elevated and excited Grace when her fiancé made the suggestion.
6. From Latin elevatus, past participle of elevare, "lift up, raise," from ex-, "out" plus levare, "lighten, raise"; from levis, "light."
2. The altitude of a place above sea level or ground level: The map showed the town in Germany to have an elevation of 350 meters, which was high enough to have some snow in the winter season.
3. A drawing or graphic representation that represents an object or structure as being produced geometrically on a vertical plane parallel to one of its sides: The client had approved the architect’s floor plans, so they could now start to work on the elevations to confirm the vertical alignments with the other nearby buildings.
Architects typically look at various options in the elevation of construction in order to review how the vertical alignments and proportions of the proposed building will work with the overall designs of neighboring structures.4. The ability of a dancer to stay in the air while executing a step or the height attained: In ballet, Harry had the most outstancing talent because of his abilities to achieve extraordinary elevations during his performances.
2. A storehouse for grain, equipped with a mechanism for taking in, lifting, and discharging the grain: While on their trip through the flatlands, Ted and his family could see many elevators or silos being used for keeping wheat, barley, or corn dry.
3. A machine with scoops or similar devices for hoisting something to a higher level: From the distance, the children watched the grain elevators unloading carloads of corn in the trains, one after the other.
4. A hinged flap, either of a pair on the rear portion of the horizontal stabilizing surface or tailplane of an aircraft, used to control the aircraft's up-and-down movement: The elevators on the wings of the planes are essential for their successful takeoffs and landings.
5. On an aircraft carrier, a mechanized platform that transports aircraft from a below-the-deck hangar up to the flight deck and vice versa: Several airplanes were being elevated during the day so the pilots could get more knowledge and skills.
6. A muscle that contracts to lift a part of the body: The jaw elevators raise the lower jaw to the upper jaw while chewing, making it possible for people to eat!
While making decisions on their next vacation trip, money was considered to be of irrelevance, because the couple won $20,000 in the lottery!