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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Definitions for ameliorate

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

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Citations for ameliorate
Why did he go into the record business? Because he wanted to ameliorate the condition of the average man through the one thing that can ameliorate--not bigger cars or better TV sets, but through art, through music. Philip K. Dick, Humpty Dumpty in Oakland, 1986
Philosophy should be an energy; it should have for effort and effect to ameliorate the conditions of man. Victor Hugo (1802–1885), Les Misérables, translated by Isabel F. Hapgood, 1887
Origin of ameliorate
Ameliorate and meliorate mean the same thing, “to make better.” Both verbs come from the Late Latin meliōrāre “to improve,” a derivative of the adjective melior “better.” Meliorate is the earlier form (mid-16th century); the a- in ameliorate came from French améliorer and ultimately derives from the Latin prefix ad-. Ameliorate entered English in the 18th century.