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    Any informal verb for 'alleviate', please?

    Hi there,

    Are there any verbs/phrasal verbs meaning the same as 'alleviate' to be used with words such as 'concern' and 'worry'? (I think 'ease' and 'soothe' are possible choices but I'm not sure about their level of formality.)

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    Re: Any informal verb for 'alleviate', please?

    'Lighten' and 'lessen' may be possible but I don't know whether they are informal.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Any informal verb for 'alleviate', please?

    Other possibility is 'take the edge off' or 'dull' (particularly in the context of a pain or craving). 'Take the edge off' may please examiners especially because it's idiomatic!

    b

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