Definition of ameliorate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ameliorate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈmiːliəreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈmiːliəreɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ameliorate
BrE BrE//əˈmiːliəreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈmiːliəreɪt//
 
he / she / it ameliorates
BrE BrE//əˈmiːliəreɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈmiːliəreɪts//
 
past simple ameliorated
BrE BrE//əˈmiːliəreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈmiːliəreɪtɪd//
 
past participle ameliorated
BrE BrE//əˈmiːliəreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈmiːliəreɪtɪd//
 
-ing form ameliorating
BrE BrE//əˈmiːliəreɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈmiːliəreɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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ameliorate something (formal) to make something better Steps have been taken to ameliorate the situation. The new laws were designed to ameliorate the problem of chronic debt. The side-effects of the treatment can be ameliorated to some extent. Word Origin mid 18th cent.: alteration of meliorate (of the same meaning), influenced by French améliorer, from meilleur ‘better’.
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