Pronunciation: (pal'ē-āt"), [key]
—v.t., -at•ed, -at•ing.
1. to relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate.
2. to try to mitigate or conceal the gravity of (an offense) by excuses, apologies, etc.; extenuate.
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