- to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve: strategies to ameliorate negative effects on the environment.
Origin of ameliorate
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Examples from the Web for ameliorate
At the time, Bratton sought to ameliorate the tension between the LAPD and Muslims.Was it Justice or Politics that Killled the NYPD Muslim Spy Unit?
April 16, 2014
Our first priority should be to ameliorate those circumstances.How Much Does 'Culture' Matter for 'Inner-City' Poverty?
March 20, 2014
Scientists therefore have to examine all those genes en masse to cure or ameliorate the disease.The Supremes Get It Right, Naturally.
June 14, 2013
“Isolation itself is very damaging, and there is no way to ameliorate it,” Kupers told The Daily Beast.Extreme Solitary Confinement: What Did Bradley Manning Experience?
June 5, 2013
How can you determine the facts, spin the story, and attempt to ameliorate the damage?Crisis-Management Experts Weigh In on How to Handle Petraeus Scandal
November 14, 2012
Our chief desire is to ameliorate the condition of the malgamite workers.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
He laboured to ameliorate the condition of the native Indians in the American colonies.Self-Help
Do you pretend that it is impossible to ameliorate the lot of the people?Scaramouche
And why do men go soldiering except to ameliorate existence?The Memorabilia
And the Church never, never raised a finger to ameliorate their condition.The Necessity of Atheism
Dr. D.M. Brooks
- to make or become better; improve
Word Origin and History for ameliorate
1728, perhaps a back-formation from amelioration on pattern of French améliorer. The simpler form meliorate was used in Middle English. Related: Ameliorated; ameliorating.