ameliorate [uh-meel-yuh-reyt, uh-mee-lee-uh-]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), ameliorated, ameliorating.
1. to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve: strategies to ameliorate negative effects on the environment.
Can be confused
amend, better. See improve.
Origin: 1760-70; a-+ meliorate
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