verb (-rated; -rating) Etymology: Late Latin melioratus, past participle of meliorare, from Latin melior better; akin to Latin multus much, Greek mala very Date: 1542 amelioratemelioration nounmeliorative adjectivemeliorator noun

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  • Meliorate — Mel io*rate (m[=e]l y[ o]*r[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Meliorated} (m[=e]l y[ o]*r[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Meliorating}.] [L. melioratus, p. p. of meliorare to meliorate, fr. melior better; akin to Gr. ma^llon rather, ma la very. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Meliorate — Mel io*rate, v. i. To grow better. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • meliorate — I verb adorn, advance, ameliorate, amend, assuage, beautify, better, correct, cultivate, cure, doctor, elaborate, elevate, embellish, emend, enhance, enrich, forward, have a good influence, improve, invigorate, lard, make better, make… …   Law dictionary

  • meliorate — (v.) 1550s, to make better, back formation from MELIORATION (Cf. melioration) or else from L.L. melioratus, pp. of L. meliorare improve, from melior better, used as comparative of bonus good, but probably originally meaning stronger, from PIE… …   Etymology dictionary

  • meliorate — [mēl′yə rāt΄] vt., vi. meliorated, meliorating [< LL melioratus, pp. of meliorare, to make better < L melior, better < IE base * mel , strong, big > Gr mala, very] to make or become better; improve; ameliorate meliorable [mēl′yə rə… …   English World dictionary

  • meliorate — verb /miːliəreɪt/ To make better, to improve; to heal or solve a problem. They offered some compromises in an effort to meliorate the disagreement …   Wiktionary

  • meliorate — meliorable /meel yeuhr euh beuhl, mee lee euhr euh /, adj. meliorative /meel yeuh ray tiv, yeuhr euh tiv, mee lee euh ray , euhr euh /, adj. meliorator, n. /meel yeuh rayt , mee lee euh /, v.t., v.i., meliorated, meliorating. ameliorate. [1545… …   Universalium

  • meliorate — Synonyms and related words: accommodate, acculturate, adapt, adjust, advance, air, alter, ameliorate, amend, be changed, be converted into, be renewed, better, boost, bottom out, break, break up, bring forward, change, checker, chop, chop and… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • meliorate — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. amend, advance, correct; see improve 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To advance to a more desirable state: ameliorate, amend, better1, help, improve, upgrade. See HELP …   English dictionary for students

  • meliorate — mel·io·rate || miːlɪəreɪt v. improve; upgrade; be improved …   English contemporary dictionary

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