ameliorate

[uh-meel-yuh-reyt, uh-mee-lee-uh-]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), ameliorated, ameliorating.
to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve; meliorate.

Origin:
1760–70; a-5 + meliorate

ameliorable, adjective
ameliorableness, noun
ameliorant, noun
ameliorative, amelioratory [uh-meel-yer-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, uh-mee-lee-uh-] , adjective
ameliorator, noun
unameliorable, adjective
unameliorated, adjective
unameliorative, adjective

ameliorate, obviate, vitiate.


amend, better. See improve.


worsen.
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ameliorate (əˈmiːljəˌreɪt)
 
vb
to make or become better; improve
 
[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
 
ameliorable
 
adj
 
a'meliorant
 
n
 
a'meliorative
 
adj
 
a'meliorator
 
n

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ameliorate
1767 (implied in ameliorating); see amelioration. The simpler form meliorate was used in M.E. Ameliorative is attested from 1809.
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Example sentences
Ground squirrels spread rapidly as the temperature ameliorates.
The water helps keep you hydrated, which greatly ameliorates tomorrow's hangover.
Yes, it ameliorates the symptoms, but it does not address the main problem that there are too many of us.
Long-term caloric restriction ameliorates the decline in diastolic function in humans.
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