ameliorate

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

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  • IPA(key): /əˈmiːli.əreɪt/
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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, or improve, something perceived to be in a negative condition.
    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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