Definition of ameliorate in English:

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ameliorate

Pronunciation: /əˈmiːlɪəreɪt/

verb

[with object] formal
Make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better: the reform did much to ameliorate living standards
More example sentences
  • Improved social and economic conditions enhance health status and ameliorate problems of addiction.
  • At least some of these could be ameliorated by improved urban design.
  • He drafted it because he believed that the U.N. is the place to resolve such disputes and ameliorate such crises.

Derivatives

ameliorative

Pronunciation: /əˈmiːlɪərətɪv/
adjective
Example sentences
  • I think the ameliorative treatments have been a godsend.
  • While buyers are not thrilled by rising prices, rising prices are one of the ameliorative responses to changes in scarcity conditions.
  • And I agree, also, with her description of a more ameliorative social policy for working families.

ameliorator

noun

Origin

Mid 18th century: alteration of meliorate, influenced by French améliorer, from meilleur 'better'.

Words that rhyme with ameliorate

meliorate
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