ameliorate

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Influenced by French améliorer and Latin a- (to) + melior (better).

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  • IPA(key): /əˈmiːliəreɪt/
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ameliorate (third-person singular simple present ameliorates, present participle ameliorating, simple past and past participle ameliorated)

  1. (transitive) To make better, to improve.
    They offered some compromises in an effort to ameliorate the situation.
    • Macaulay
      In every human being there is a wish to ameliorate his own condition.

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