ameliorate  (uh-meel-yuh-reyt, uh-mee-lee-uh-)


  • to make or become better; improve
  • to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve; meliorate.
  • to make (something, such as a problem) better, less painful, etc.

transitive verb

  • to make better or more tolerable

intransitive verb

  • to grow better

First Known Use: 1656 influenced by French améliorer  to improve, from Old French ameillorer  to make better, from meillor  better, from Latin melior.

The word Ameliorate is often confused with Alleviate.


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