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Out of the given alternatives, choose the one which is nearest in meaning to the italicised word in the sentence.
Five year plans have been put into operation to mitigate the sufferings of the poor.

A

lessen

B

remove

C

control

D

cut

Answer

The highlighted word means 'make less severe or harsh'.
Option A is correct. 'Lessen', in this case, means 'make less severe'. Since it has the required meaning, it is the correct answer.
Options B, C and D are incorrect. They do not have the required meaning.

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