Origin of meliorate
- 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 meliorate
The Skipper did his best to meliorate the harsh native methods with dumb things.The Sea and the Jungle
H. M. Tomlinson
Every attempt to meliorate his manners and Indian notions, has failed.
Rather let us say that that is very natural which nature permits us to meliorate in her handiwork.The Training of a Public Speaker
There is room enough in this country for us; and if they be our friends, let them meliorate our condition here.Thoughts on African Colonization
William Lloyd Garrison
To shorten and meliorate your way, I have determined to sacrifice every inferior consideration.Memoirs of Emma Courtney
- a variant of ameliorate
- to make or become better; improve
Word Origin and History for meliorate
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.
1728, perhaps a back-formation from amelioration on pattern of French améliorer. The simpler form meliorate was used in Middle English. Related: Ameliorated; ameliorating.