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meliorate

[meel-yuh-reyt, mee-lee-uh-]
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verb (used with or without object), mel·io·rat·ed, mel·io·rat·ing.
  1. ameliorate.
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Origin of meliorate

1545–55; < Latin meliōrātus (past participle of meliōrāre) to make better, improve, equivalent to meliōr- (stem of melior) better + -ātus -ate1
Related formsmel·io·ra·ble [meel-yer-uh-buh l, mee-lee-er-uh-] /ˈmil yər ə bəl, ˈmi li ər ə-/, adjectivemel·io·ra·tive [meel-yuh-rey-tiv, -yer-uh-tiv, mee-lee-uh-rey-, -er-uh-] /ˈmil yəˌreɪ tɪv, -yər ə tɪv, ˈmi li əˌreɪ-, -ər ə-/, adjectivemel·io·ra·tor, nounun·mel·io·rat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for meliorative

meliorate

verb
  1. a variant of ameliorate
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Derived Formsmeliorable, adjectivemeliorative (ˈmiːlɪərətɪv), adjective, nounmeliorator, noun
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Word Origin and History for meliorative

meliorate

v.

1550s, "to make better," back-formation from melioration or else from Late Latin melioratus, past participle of Latin meliorare "improve," from melior "better," used as comparative of bonus "good," but probably originally meaning "stronger," from PIE root *mel- "strong, great, numerous" (see multi-). Related: Meliorated; meliorating; melioration; meliorative.

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