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.

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 forms

mel·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
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British Dictionary definitions for meliorative

meliorate

/ (ˈmiːlɪəˌreɪt) /

verb

a variant of ameliorate

Derived Forms

meliorable, adjectivemeliorative (ˈmiːlɪərətɪv), adjective, nounmeliorator, noun
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