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Word of the Day 04/03/15 Ameliorate

Ameliorate (verb)
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.

Also, meliorate.

Can be confused
obviate, vitiate.

Synonyms
amend, better. See improve.

Antonyms
worsen.

Origin: 1760-70; a-+ meliorate

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