meliorate

[ meel-yuh-reyt, mee-lee-uh- ]
/ ˈmil yəˌreɪt, ˈmi li ə- /

verb (used with or without object), mel·io·rat·ed, mel·io·rat·ing.


Nearby words

  1. melilla,
  2. melilot,
  3. melinda,
  4. melinite,
  5. melioidosis,
  6. melioration,
  7. meliorative,
  8. meliorism,
  9. meliority,
  10. melisma

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

ameliorate

[ uh-meel-yuh-reyt, uh-mee-lee-uh- ]
/ əˈmil yəˌreɪt, əˈmi li ə- /

verb (used with or without object), a·mel·io·rat·ed, a·mel·io·rat·ing.

to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve: strategies to ameliorate negative effects on the environment.
Also meliorate.

Origin of ameliorate

First recorded in 1760–70; a-5 + meliorate

Related forms
Can be confusedameliorate obviate vitiate

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British Dictionary definitions for meliorate

meliorate

/ (ˈmiːlɪəˌreɪt) /

verb

a variant of ameliorate
Derived Formsmeliorable, adjectivemeliorative (ˈmiːlɪərətɪv), adjective, nounmeliorator, noun

ameliorate

/ (əˈmiːljəˌreɪt) /

verb

to make or become better; improve
Derived Formsameliorable (əˈmiːljərəbəl), adjectiveameliorant, nounameliorative, adjectiveameliorator, noun

Word Origin for ameliorate

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

usage

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

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