Part of speech: verb

To make better.

Part of speech: verb

To make or grow better; improve; relieve.

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Usage examples "ameliorate":

  1. Its most important offices aside from this were perhaps to present large and kindly views of literature and literary characters, especially through biographical essays; and to ameliorate somewhat the prevailing asperity of periodical criticism. - "Sir Walter Scott as a Critic of Literature", Margaret Ball.
  2. No, I am neither aristocrat nor democrat; I am a man, and an ardent partisan of all which can ameliorate and perfect the whole man, whether he be born at the summit or at the foot of the social ladder. - "Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century", W. H. Davenport Adams.
  3. To punish is just, to ameliorate is charitable. - "Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good", Victor Cousin.