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EtymologyEdit

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

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  • IPA(key): /əˈmiːli.əɹeɪt/
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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.
  2. (intransitive) To become better; improve.

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