Definition of ameliorate in English:


Syllabification: a·me·lio·rate
Pronunciation: /əˈmēlyəˌrāt, əˈmēlēə-


[with object]
  • Make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better: the reform did much to ameliorate living standards
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    • 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.
    improve, make better, better, make improvements to, enhance, help, benefit, boost, amend; relieve, ease, mitigate
    informal tweak, patch up



Pronunciation: /-rətiv, -ˌrātiv/
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  • 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.


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

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