Verb ameliorate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


ameliorate (third-person singular simple present ameliorates, present participle ameliorating, simple past and past participle ameliorated)

  1. (transitive) To make better, or improve, something perceived to be in a negative condition.

More definition: make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve, strategies to ameliorate negative effects on the environment.

1. to make or become better; improve Derived Formsameliorable (əˈmiːljərəbəl) adjectiveameliorant, nounameliorative, adjectiveameliorator, noun Usage noteAmeliorate 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 Word OriginC18, from meliorate, influenced by French améliorer to improve, from Old French ameillorer to make better, from meillor better, from Latin meliorCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1728, perhaps a back-formation from amelioration on pattern of French améliorer. The simpler form meliorate was used in Middle English. Related, Ameliorated; ameliorating.


The policy of the government is to leave the Andamanese alone, while doing what is possible to ameliorate their condition.

It was not until the French Revolution that any steps were taken to ameliorate their lot, but to-day they no longer form a class, but have been practically lost sight of in the general peasantry.

His administration also did much to ameliorate the condition of the Indian tribes and to arrest the spoliation of the public forest lands.

It was not worth while to master and economize the resources of this earth, to utilize the good and ameliorate the evils of this life, while every one agreed, in theory at any rate, that the present was but a bad prelude to an infinitely worse or infinitely better future.

A centralized policy would compound, not ameliorate, the problem.

He wanted to ameliorate the present suffering.

Nothing has changed in that underlying condition even tho its consequences have substantially ameliorated.

The feelling were ameliorated somewhat by the destruction of Carthage.

The pain was ameliorated by prior treatment with a pulse of corticosteroids.

The proposal's goal was to ameliorate the effects of traffic - the wider the channel the better.

There are several biologically plausible reasons why zinc may help to ameliorate the symptoms of the common cold.

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