V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: to improve or make better
Synonyms: amend, meliorate, improve, better, enhance, help
Antonyms: worsen, deteriorate, damage, impair
Tips: Ameliorate is derived from the Latin melior, "better." You'll also notice that meliorate, an earlier form of ameliorate, is a synonym. Ameliorate is related to alleviate and mitigate, but is different in that it is specific to making something better, while the other words connote easing or lessening something. Ameliorate is used to describe improving something that really needs improving.
A candy bar was able to ameliorate the boy's sadness. (amended, helped)
Eating fruits and vegetables can ameliorate your health. (improve, better)
The upper management in our company wants to ameliorate working conditions by moving into a larger, brighter office space. (improve, better)
International aid was sent to ameliorate the catastrophic effects of the tsunami. (better, improve)
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