AskDefine | Define ameliorate

Dictionary Definition



1 to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes" [syn: better, improve, amend, meliorate] [ant: worsen]
2 get better; "The weather improved toward evening" [syn: better, improve, meliorate] [ant: worsen]

User Contributed Dictionary



From melior


  • /əˈmiːliəreɪt/


  1. To make better, to improve; to heal or solve a problem.
    They offered some compromises in an effort to ameliorate the situation.

Related terms


to make better
  • Chinese: [改善]
  • Dutch: verbeteren
  • Finnish: parantaa, kohentaa
  • French: améliorer
  • German: verbessern
  • Italian: migliorare
  • Japanese: よくなる( yokunaru) , 改善する( kaizen suru )
  • Kurdish: baş kirin, qenc kirin, çê kirin, çak kirin, sax kirin
  • Portuguese: aperfeiçoar, melhorar
  • Russian: улучшать
  • Spanish: mejorar

Extensive Definition

Amelioration may refer to one of the following.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accommodate, acculturate, adapt, adjust, advance, alleviate, alter, amend, be changed, be converted into, be renewed, better, boost, bottom out, break, break up, bring forward, change, checker, chop, chop and change, civilize, come about, come along, come around, come on, come round, convalesce, convert, deform, degenerate, denature, deteriorate, develop, deviate, diverge, diversify, edify, educate, elevate, emend, enhance, enlighten, enrich, fatten, favor, fit, flop, forward, foster, gain, gain ground, get ahead, get along, go ahead, go forward, go straight, graduate, grow better, haul around, help, improve, improve upon, jibe, lard, lift, lighten, look up, make an improvement, make headway, make progress, make strides, meliorate, mend, mitigate, modify, modulate, mutate, nurture, overthrow, perk up, pick up, progress, promote, qualify, raise, re-create, realign, rebuild, reconstruct, recuperate, redesign, refine upon, refit, reform, relieve, remake, renew, reshape, restructure, revamp, revive, ring the changes, shape up, shift, shift the scene, show improvement, shuffle the cards, skyrocket, socialize, straighten out, subvert, swerve, tack, take a turn, take off, transfigure, transform, turn, turn aside, turn into, turn the corner, turn the scale, turn the tables, turn the tide, turn upside down, undergo a change, upgrade, uplift, vary, veer, warp, work a change, worsen
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