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ameliorate

[ uh-meel-yuh-reyt, uh-mee-lee-uh- ]
/ 蓹藞mil y蓹藢re瑟t, 蓹藞mi li 蓹- /
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verb (used with or without object), a路mel路io路rat路ed, a路mel路io路rat路ing.
to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve: strategies to ameliorate negative effects on the environment.
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Also meliorate .

Origin of ameliorate

First recorded in 1770鈥75; a-5 + meliorate

OTHER WORDS FROM ameliorate

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To ameliorate is to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory. How is it different from the verbs improve and better? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for ameliorate

ameliorate
/ (蓹藞mi藧lj蓹藢re瑟t) /

verb
to make or become better; improve

Derived forms of ameliorate

ameliorable (蓹藞mi藧lj蓹r蓹bl), adjectiveameliorant, nounameliorative, adjectiveameliorator, noun

Word Origin for ameliorate

C18: from meliorate, influenced by French am茅liorer to improve, from Old French ameillorer to make better, from meillor better, from Latin melior

usage for ameliorate

Ameliorate is often wrongly used where alleviate is meant. Ameliorate is properly used to mean `improve', not `make easier to bear', so one should talk about alleviating pain or hardship, not ameliorating it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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