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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
1760-1770
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.