from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make or become better; improve. See Synonyms at improve.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make better, to improve; to heal; to solve a problem.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make better; to improve; to meliorate.
- intransitive v. To grow better; to meliorate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make better, or more tolerable, satisfactory, prosperous, etc.; improve; meliorate.
- Synonyms Amend, Improve, Better, etc. See amend.
- To grow better; meliorate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to make better
- v. get better
Can activity ameliorate its slow advance - and maintain vocabulary retrieval skills, so that the word "ameliorate" leaps to mind when needed?
The question for me is: will the execution of Hussein ameliorate or worsen the situation in Iraq in the short term and in the long run?
First World Series manager to ever use the word "ameliorate" in a press conference.
Alexander's reign affected also the specific Jewish problem, which the homoeopathic reforms, designed to "ameliorate" a fraction of the Jewish people, had tried to solve in vain.
He and Washington lawyer Mike Carvin argued that the insurance requirement distorts the marketplace because it helps "ameliorate" the financial burden insurance companies will face once required to cover everyone - even people with pre-existing conditions.
The judge noted that the one positive element in Byrne's case was that his counsel didn't attempt to "ameliorate" his position after conviction.
The Association of American Law Schools modified its policy as well, providing that member schools should take steps to "ameliorate" the impact on their law school communities of having to allow a discriminatory employer to use their placement facilities.
In general, white evangelicals are the least likely to endorse government policy to ameliorate the effects of racial prejudice.
Parish boundaries themselves may be drawn to reinforce ethno-racial separation, rather than ameliorate it.
Most significantly, evangelicals are less likely to perceive systemic causes of racism, and thus less likely to endorse systemic efforts to ameliorate its consequences.