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 (mēl′yə-rāt′, mē′lē-ə-)
v. mel·io·rat·ed, mel·io·rat·ing, mel·io·rates
To make better; improve.
To grow better.

[Latin meliōrāre, meliōrāt-, from melior, better; see mel- in Indo-European roots.]

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


a variant of ameliorate
ˈmeliorable adj
meliorative adj, n
ˈmelioˌrator n


(əˈmil yəˌreɪt, əˈmi li ə-)

v.t., v.i. -rat•ed, -rat•ing.
to make or become better or more satisfactory; improve; meliorate.
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.


Past participle: meliorated
Gerund: meliorating

I meliorate
you meliorate
he/she/it meliorates
we meliorate
you meliorate
they meliorate
I meliorated
you meliorated
he/she/it meliorated
we meliorated
you meliorated
they meliorated
Present Continuous
I am meliorating
you are meliorating
he/she/it is meliorating
we are meliorating
you are meliorating
they are meliorating
Present Perfect
I have meliorated
you have meliorated
he/she/it has meliorated
we have meliorated
you have meliorated
they have meliorated
Past Continuous
I was meliorating
you were meliorating
he/she/it was meliorating
we were meliorating
you were meliorating
they were meliorating
Past Perfect
I had meliorated
you had meliorated
he/she/it had meliorated
we had meliorated
you had meliorated
they had meliorated
I will meliorate
you will meliorate
he/she/it will meliorate
we will meliorate
you will meliorate
they will meliorate
Future Perfect
I will have meliorated
you will have meliorated
he/she/it will have meliorated
we will have meliorated
you will have meliorated
they will have meliorated
Future Continuous
I will be meliorating
you will be meliorating
he/she/it will be meliorating
we will be meliorating
you will be meliorating
they will be meliorating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been meliorating
you have been meliorating
he/she/it has been meliorating
we have been meliorating
you have been meliorating
they have been meliorating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been meliorating
you will have been meliorating
he/she/it will have been meliorating
we will have been meliorating
you will have been meliorating
they will have been meliorating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been meliorating
you had been meliorating
he/she/it had been meliorating
we had been meliorating
you had been meliorating
they had been meliorating
I would meliorate
you would meliorate
he/she/it would meliorate
we would meliorate
you would meliorate
they would meliorate
Past Conditional
I would have meliorated
you would have meliorated
he/she/it would have meliorated
we would have meliorated
you would have meliorated
they would have meliorated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.meliorate - to make bettermeliorate - 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.meliorate - get bettermeliorate - 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"


To advance to a more desirable state:
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