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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.meliorative - tending to amelioratemeliorative - tending to ameliorate    
bettering - changing for the better
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