ameliorate /əˈmiːlɪəreɪt/

a

I. verb [with obj.]

1.
‹formal› make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better

the reform did much to ameliorate living standards.
II. derivatives

ameliorative /əˈmiːlɪərətɪv /
adjective


– origin mid 18th cent.: alteration of meliorate, influenced by French améliorer, from meilleur ‘better’.

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