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

Origin of meliorate

1545–55; <Latin meliōrātus (past participle of meliōrāre) to make better, improve, equivalent to meliōr- (stem of melior) better + -ātus-ate1

Other words from meliorate

  • mel·io·ra·ble [meel-yer-uh-buhl, mee-lee-er-uh-], /ˈmil yər ə bəl, ˈmi li ər ə-/, adjective
  • mel·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-/, adjective
  • mel·io·ra·tor, noun
  • un·mel·io·rat·ed, adjective

Words Nearby meliorate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use meliorate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for meliorate


/ (ˈmiːlɪəˌreɪt) /

  1. a variant of ameliorate

Derived forms of meliorate

  • meliorable, adjective
  • meliorative (ˈmiːlɪərətɪv), adjective, noun
  • meliorator, noun

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