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ameliorate

a·mel·io·rate

ameliorate

 
 
pronunciation:
mil y reIt [or] mi li reIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ameliorated, ameliorates, ameliorating
definition: to make better; improve.
The measures that were taken did little to ameliorate the situation.
synonyms:
alleviate, amend, better, ease, fix, improve, meliorate, remedy
antonyms:
worsen
similar words:
assuage, enhance, help, lessen, mend, mitigate, rectify, relieve, straighten out
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become better; improve.
His condition had ameliorated to the point that we could bring him home from the hospital.Her relationship with her mother-in-law ameliorated over time.
synonyms:
ease, improve, meliorate, perk up, progress
antonyms:
degenerate, deteriorate, worsen
similar words:
amend, heal, lessen, mend, straighten out
derivations: ameliorable (adj.), ameliorative (adj.), amelioration (n.), ameliorator (n.)