What does ameliorate mean?

Definitions for ameliorateəˈmil yəˌreɪt, əˈmi li ə-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ameliorate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate(verb)

    to make better

    "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

  2. better, improve, ameliorate, meliorate(verb)

    get better

    "The weather improved toward evening"


  1. ameliorate(Verb)

    To make better, to improve; to heal; to solve a problem.

    They offered some compromises in an effort to ameliorate the situation.

  2. Origin: Influenced by améliorer and a- + melior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ameliorate(verb)

    to make better; to improve; to meliorate

  2. Ameliorate(verb)

    to grow better; to meliorate; as, wine ameliorates by age

  3. Origin: [L. ad + meliorare to make better: cf. F. amliorer. See Meliorate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ameliorate

    a-mēl′yor-āt, v.t. to make better: to improve.—v.i. to grow better.—n. Ameliorā′tion, the condition of being made better: improvement or the means of such.—adj. Amel′iorative. [L. ad, to, and melior, better.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ameliorate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ameliorate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. David Nathan:

    Behavioral changes, including healthy eating and more activity can prevent, or at least ameliorate, the diabetes epidemic.

  2. Paul Casamassimo:

    Every kid is going to have it in slightly different ways, pay attention to the symptoms. Ameliorate the symptoms. If things get out of hand, contact you pediatrician.

  3. Konstantin Kakaes:

    Retention bonuses have done something to ameliorate this but in general aren't big enough to compete, dollar for dollar, with the salaries pilots can get as contractors.

  4. Dhammika Wijayasinghe:

    Sri Lanka is showing the world that it is possible to conserve mangrove forests while also improving the lives of local people, restoring wildlife habitats, and helping to ameliorate climate change.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    Preferring to cry in a motorcycle to a bicycle does not ameliorate a person’s pain because it just does elevate his/her suffering from lower level to upper strata to match up to the materialistic gain.

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