Webster’s New World College Dictionary verb transitive, verb intransitiveWord forms: ˈmelioˌrated or ˈmelioˌrating to make or become better; improve; ameliorate
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Derived Forms ˈmeliorable (ˈmiljərəbəl
) adjective ˈmelioˌrative (ˈmɛljəˌreɪtɪv
) adjective ˈmelioˌrator noun
Word Origin< LL melioratus, pp. of meliorare, to make better < L melior, better < IE base *mel-, strong, big > Gr mala, very