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

  • transitive v. To make or become better; improve. See Synonyms at improve.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

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  • v. to make better
  • v. get better


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

Alteration of meliorate.

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


  • Can activity ameliorate its slow advance - and maintain vocabulary retrieval skills, so that the word "ameliorate" leaps to mind when needed?

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  • 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.

    Phillies rain on Rays early, defeat them very late

  • 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.

    History of the Jews in Russia and Poland. Volume II From the death of Alexander I. until the death of Alexander III. (1825-1894)

  • 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.

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  • 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. Breaking News

  • 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.

    American Grace

  • Parish boundaries themselves may be drawn to reinforce ethno-racial separation, rather than ameliorate it.

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  • Most significantly, evangelicals are less likely to perceive systemic causes of racism, and thus less likely to endorse systemic efforts to ameliorate its consequences.

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  • verb: make something bad better

    "Three Cups of Tea" tells the story of western man who hopes to ameliorate poverty and the lack of education in Afghanistan.

    October 19, 2016

  • just saw this word today "None of them were serious, and all of them were fixed or ameliorated."

    April 6, 2013

  • nice word

    September 18, 2011

  • Lovely word! I wrote a little something about it here.

    And this is the list of all words/phrases posted during that semester (by all participants).

    September 30, 2009

  • uh-meel-yuh-reyt :to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve; meliorate.

    September 30, 2009

  • v. to ameliorate (third-person singular simple present ameliorates, present participle ameliorating, simple past ameliorated, past participle ameliorated)

    (intransitive) To make better, to improve; to heal or solve a problem.

    They offered some compromises in an effort to ameliorate the disagreement.

    March 11, 2008

  • Also see: mitigate.

    November 18, 2007