Definition of ameliorate in English:

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ameliorate

Pronunciation: /əˈmēlyəˌrāt/

verb

[with object]
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.
Synonyms
improve, make better, better, make improvements to, enhance, help, benefit, boost, amend;
relieve, ease, mitigate
informal tweak, patch up

Derivatives

ameliorative

Pronunciation: /əˈmēlēərədiv/ /əˈmēlyərədiv/ /əˈmēlēəˌrādiv/ /əˈmēlyəˌrādiv/
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

Pronunciation: /-ˌrātər/
noun

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with ameliorate

meliorate

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: a·me·lio·rate

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