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a·mel·io·rate

 (ə-mēl′yə-rāt′)
tr. & intr.v. a·me·lio·rat·ed, a·me·lio·rat·ing, a·me·lio·rates
To make or become better; improve: Volunteers were able to ameliorate conditions in the refugee camp. Conditions are ameliorating.

[Alteration of meliorate.]

a·mel′io·ra·ble (-rə-bəl) adj.
a·mel′io·ra′tive adj.
a·mel′io·ra′tor n.

ameliorate

(əˈmiːljəˌreɪt)
vb
to make or become better; improve
[C18: from meliorate, influenced by French améliorer to improve, from Old French ameillorer to make better, from meillor better, from Latin melior]
ameliorable adj
aˈmeliorant n
aˈmeliorative adj
aˈmelioˌrator n
Usage: Ameliorate is often wrongly used where alleviate is meant. Ameliorate is properly used to mean 'improve', not 'make easier to bear', so one should talk about alleviating pain or hardship, not ameliorating it

a•mel•io•rate

(əˈmil yəˌreɪt, əˈmi li ə-)

v.t., v.i. -rat•ed, -rat•ing.
to make or become better or more satisfactory; improve; meliorate.
[1760–70]
a•mel′io•ra•ble, adj.
a•mel`io•ra′tion, n.
a•mel′io•ra`tive, adj.
a•mel′io•ra`tor, n.
syn: See improve.

ameliorate


Past participle: ameliorated
Gerund: ameliorating

Imperative
ameliorate
ameliorate
Present
I ameliorate
you ameliorate
he/she/it ameliorates
we ameliorate
you ameliorate
they ameliorate
Preterite
I ameliorated
you ameliorated
he/she/it ameliorated
we ameliorated
you ameliorated
they ameliorated
Present Continuous
I am ameliorating
you are ameliorating
he/she/it is ameliorating
we are ameliorating
you are ameliorating
they are ameliorating
Present Perfect
I have ameliorated
you have ameliorated
he/she/it has ameliorated
we have ameliorated
you have ameliorated
they have ameliorated
Past Continuous
I was ameliorating
you were ameliorating
he/she/it was ameliorating
we were ameliorating
you were ameliorating
they were ameliorating
Past Perfect
I had ameliorated
you had ameliorated
he/she/it had ameliorated
we had ameliorated
you had ameliorated
they had ameliorated
Future
I will ameliorate
you will ameliorate
he/she/it will ameliorate
we will ameliorate
you will ameliorate
they will ameliorate
Future Perfect
I will have ameliorated
you will have ameliorated
he/she/it will have ameliorated
we will have ameliorated
you will have ameliorated
they will have ameliorated
Future Continuous
I will be ameliorating
you will be ameliorating
he/she/it will be ameliorating
we will be ameliorating
you will be ameliorating
they will be ameliorating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ameliorating
you have been ameliorating
he/she/it has been ameliorating
we have been ameliorating
you have been ameliorating
they have been ameliorating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ameliorating
you will have been ameliorating
he/she/it will have been ameliorating
we will have been ameliorating
you will have been ameliorating
they will have been ameliorating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ameliorating
you had been ameliorating
he/she/it had been ameliorating
we had been ameliorating
you had been ameliorating
they had been ameliorating
Conditional
I would ameliorate
you would ameliorate
he/she/it would ameliorate
we would ameliorate
you would ameliorate
they would ameliorate
Past Conditional
I would have ameliorated
you would have ameliorated
he/she/it would have ameliorated
we would have ameliorated
you would have ameliorated
they would have ameliorated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.ameliorate - to make betterameliorate - to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
alleviate, relieve, palliate, assuage - provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches"
aid, help - improve the condition of; "These pills will help the patient"
revitalize, regenerate - restore strength; "This food revitalized the patient"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
enrich - make better or improve in quality; "The experience enriched her understanding"; "enriched foods"
build up, develop - change the use of and make available or usable; "develop land"; "The country developed its natural resources"; "The remote areas of the country were gradually built up"
ameliorate, improve, meliorate, better - get better; "The weather improved toward evening"
turn around - improve dramatically; "The new strategy turned around sales"; "The tutor turned around my son's performance in math"
help - improve; change for the better; "New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture"
upgrade - to improve what was old or outdated; "I've upgraded my computer so I can run better software"; "The company upgraded their personnel"
condition - put into a better state; "he conditions old cars"
emend - make improvements or corrections to; "the text was emended in the second edition"
iron out, put right, straighten out - settle or put right; "we need to iron out our disagreements"
enhance - make better or more attractive; "This sauce will enhance the flavor of the meat"
fix, furbish up, mend, repair, bushel, doctor, touch on, restore - restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please"
reform - make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices; "reform a political system"
reform - improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition; "reform the health system in this country"
beautify, fancify, prettify, embellish - make more beautiful
build - improve the cleansing action of; "build detergents"
perfect, hone - make perfect or complete; "perfect your French in Paris!"
fine-tune, refine, polish, down - improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing"
distill, make pure, purify, sublimate - remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation; "purify the water"
fructify - make productive or fruitful; "The earth that he fructified"
lift, raise - invigorate or heighten; "lift my spirits"; "lift his ego"
advance - develop further; "We are advancing technology every day"
upgrade - give better travel conditions to; "The airline upgraded me when I arrived late and Coach Class was full"
educate - give an education to; "We must educate our youngsters better"
2.ameliorate - get betterameliorate - get better; "The weather improved toward evening"
convalesce, recover, recuperate - get over an illness or shock; "The patient is recuperating"
heal - get healthy again; "The wound is healing slowly"
change state, turn - undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
see the light, straighten out, reform - change for the better; "The lazy student promised to reform"; "the habitual cheater finally saw the light"
surge - see one's performance improve; "He levelled the score and then surged ahead"
turn around, pick up - improve significantly; go from bad to good; "Her performance in school picked up"
ameliorate, improve, meliorate, amend, better - to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
bounce back, get well, get over - improve in health; "He got well fast"
heal, mend - heal or recover; "My broken leg is mending"
fructify - become productive or fruitful; "The seeds fructified"
upgrade - get better travel conditions; "I upgraded to First Class when Coach Class was overbooked"

ameliorate

verb improve, better, benefit, reform, advance, promote, amend, elevate, raise, mend, mitigate, make better, assuage, meliorate Nothing can be done to ameliorate the situation.
Usage: Ameliorate is sometimes confused with alleviate but the words are not synonymous. Ameliorate comes ultimately from the Latin for `better', and means `to improve'. The nouns it typically goes with are condition, and situation. Alleviate means `to lessen', and frequently occurs with poverty, suffering, pain, symptoms, and effects. Occasionally ameliorate is used with effects and poverty where the other verb may be more appropriate.

ameliorate

verb
To advance to a more desirable state:
Translations
ameliorierenverbessern
kohentaaparantaa

ameliorate

[əˈmiːlɪəreɪt] (frm)
A. VTmejorar
B. VImejorar, mejorarse

ameliorate

[əˈmiːljəreɪt] vt (formal) [+ conditions, situation] → améliorer; [+ ill effects] → remédier à

ameliorate

(form)
vtverbessern
visich verbessern, besser werden

ameliorate

[əˈmiːlɪəˌreɪt] vt (frm) → migliorare

ameliorate

vt. mejorar; adelantar; mejorarse.
References in classic literature ?
A failure in this delicate and important point is the great source of the inconveniences we experience, and if we are not cautious to avoid a repetition of the error, in our future attempts to rectify and ameliorate our system, we may travel from one chimerical project to another; we may try change after change; but we shall never be likely to make any material change for the better.
I have done all in my power to ameliorate them and yet the belief of the public, you say, is that they proceed from me, an unhappy foreigner, who has been unable to please the French.
How little do some of these poor islanders comprehend when they look around them, that no inconsiderable part of their disasters originate in certain tea-party excitements, under the influence of which benevolent-looking gentlemen in white cravats solicit alms, and old ladies in spectacles, and young ladies in sober russet gowns, contribute sixpences towards the creation of a fund, the object of which is to ameliorate the spiritual condition of the Polynesians, but whose end has almost invariably been to accomplish their temporal destruction!
But here there was nothing to look after, nothing to undertake, and they had to submit to the situation, without having it in their power to ameliorate it.
Lady Greystoke suffered far greater anguish than any other of the castaways, for the blow to her hopes and her already cruelly lacerated mother-heart lay not in her own privations but in the knowledge that she might now never be able to learn the fate of her first-born or do aught to discover his whereabouts, or ameliorate his condition--a condition which imagination naturally pictured in the most frightful forms.
The effect was to ameliorate the too savage conditions of the fang- and-claw social struggle.
It is for this reason that the criminal law has been in all ages more severe than it would have been if the impulse to ameliorate the criminal had been what really inspired it.
I felt the greatest eagerness to hear the promised narrative, partly from curiosity and partly from a strong desire to ameliorate his fate if it were in my power.
I sought to improve her manners and ameliorate her general tone; she (supported in this likewise by her relations) resented my endeavours.
Clearly, they show that under these circumstances, they can ameliorate the disease--not preventing infection, but making it milder.
Moreover, because the toxins produced by the bacterium that causes cholera and by the more common Escherichia coli are nearly identical, Langridge says, vaccines against one germ may head off or ameliorate disease caused by the other.
On May 25, 1993, Tax Executives Institute recommended to the Canadian Department of Finance and Revenue Canada that it implement a "tax certificate of deposit" regime in order to ameliorate the harsh effects of Canadian's interest rules.