Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make better; improve.
  • intransitive v. To grow better.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make better, to improve; to heal or solve a problem.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To grow better.
  • transitive v. To make better; to improve; to ameliorate; to soften; to make more tolerable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make better; improve; ameliorate.
  • To grow better; be improved.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. to make better
  • v. get better

Etymologies

Latin meliōrāre, meliōrāt-, from melior, better; see mel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin melior "better" (Wiktionary)

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