Ease a severe crisis

 

Q:

In the following phrase - "measures to ease a severe crisis" - what would the best verb to replace "ease" be? Lessen? Decrease? Others?

vera
vcqm@ruralsp.com.br
Posted 30 December 2001
A:

Although the meaning is clear, neither "lessen" nor "decrease" goes with "crisis."

The first verb that comes to mind is "defuse," which definitely does go with crisis. You can say "measures to defuse a severe crisis."

Other verbs you could use with "crisis," meaning to lessen it or downgrade it, are: "allay," "alleviate," and "relieve."

 

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