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Ameliorate appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • So get some tar, oil emailed animals I slam in a deli, ameliorate most egos.
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Ameliorate (to improve) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's absolutely essential words for the GRE, which includes 300 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Video footage: 1950s: A bulldozer levels a wheat field to make room for oil-digging gear, such as the rattle-digger - whose progress is stopped by quicksand. Mud is brought in to ameliorate the issue in 1959.
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Definition of the verb ameliorate

What does ameliorate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: ameliorated | ameliorating | ameliorates

  1. to make better
  2. get better

Alternative definition of the verb ameliorate


  1. [transitive] To make better, to improve; to heal; to solve a problem.

Definition of the verb ameliorate for high school students

    to improve
    • example: The tense situation was ameliorated when Sam proposed a solution everyone could agree upon.

The verb ameliorate is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


"Ameliorate" is an EP by American progressive rock band An Endless Sporadic. It is An Endless Sporadic's first recorded output. Ameliorate gained popularity by having three out of it's four songs featured in popular video games such as Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, Guitar Hero III, and Guitar Hero: World Tour. All songs on the album are instrumental.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ameliorate

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Google previewGarner's Modern English Usage (2016)

by Bryan Garner

ameliorate; ✳meliorate. Ameliorate is the standard term meaning “to make or become better.” E.g.: “If injustices abound in that region—as they do ...

Google previewThe Church of England magazine [afterw.] The Church of England and Lambeth magazine (1852)

They proceed on the suppositions that the condition which they propose to ameliorate is a necessary condition, and that the means they suggest are the best for accomplishing this purpose. If the condition was not necessary, it is quite plain ...

Google previewJohn Dewey and the Artful Life (2011)

Pragmatism, Aesthetics, and Morality by Scott R. Stroud

ameliorate is that it “fails to guard against crushing disappointment. The probability of frustration and consequent disenchantment is directly proportional to the immensity of our expectations; the Inore we want to accomplish, the greater the ...

Google previewThe Contribution of Sociology to Social Work (2013)

by R.M. Maciver

that a sense of proportion is necessary here as elsewhere, that even to ameliorate is an achievement which in terms of the energies expended gives an unusually gratifying return. If one person can improve the conditions of life for those who ...

Google previewCobbett's Political Register (1823)

by William Cobbett

To ameliorate is a very amiable ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

ameliorate; meliorate. Ameliorate is the standard term meaning "to make or become better." E.g., "These anomalies appear sufficiently enmeshed in the current tangled web of jurisprudence on this subject to be beyond amelioration by a panel ...

Google previewGarner's Dictionary of Legal Usage (2011)

by Bryan A. Garner

Ameliorate is the standard term meaning “to make or become better.” E.g.: • “ These anomalies, however, appear sufficiently enmeshed in the current tangled web of the jurisprudence on this subject as to be beyond attempted amelioration by a ...

Google previewRobert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English (2011)

A Compendium of Mistakes in Grammar, Usage, and Spelling with Commentary on Lexicographers and Linguists by Robert Hartwell Fiske

ameliorate Misused for alleviate. t ɨF MJCFSBM %FNPDSBUJD NPEFM BTTVNFT that society can ...

Google previewVocabulary Dictionary and Workbook (2006)

2,856 Words You Must Know by Mark Phillips

ameliorate (ә-MĒL-yә-rāt) vb. To ameliorate something (a bad condition that demands change, for example) is to make it less bad; improve it; bring it to a better state. The New Deal (a group of government programs and policies established ...

Google previewDictionary of Sociology (1944)

by Henry Pratt Fairchild

ameliorate ancestGr worship ameliorate. To improve or to make more tolerable; for example, to ameliorate the living conditions of the share cropper, or of the slum dweller. (A relative term which, strictly speaking, might correctly be applied to ...

Google previewA dictionary of daily blunders, by the author of 'A handy book of synonyms'. [With] A handy book of common English synonyms [and] A handy classical dictionary. [3 pt. Issued together in a publisher's casing with the general title Handbook for writers and readers]. (1880)

Ameliorate, improve, amend, better. Amenable, responsible, accountable, answerable for. Amend, mend, better, improve, correct, rectify, ameliorate. Amends, compensation, recompense, restoration, reparation, atonement. Amiable, loving ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Adolescence (2014)

by Roger J.R. Levesque

Ameliorate. Access. to. Appropriate. Care. At-risk adolescents may not necessarily and spontaneously ask for help. Thus, relying on the selfidentification of adolescents experiencing significant distress and suicidal ideation may result in ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

ribald, *coarse, vulgar, gross Ant proper -Con right, *correct: *decorous, decent, seemly, nice improve 1 Improve, better, help, ameliorate are comparable when denoting to mend or correct in part or in some degree. Improve, the general term, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions (1889)

Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology by Richard Soule

Improve, amend, ememl, mellor-ate, ameliorate. reform, make or render better. Better-half, n. [CblloquìaL] Wife. Better-ing, n. improvement, amendment, meiioration, amelioration. Between, prep. Bl-rrwxx'r. Betwixt, ргер. [ Nearly ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Elder Care (2007)

The Comprehensive Resource on Geriatric and Social Care, Second Edition by Eugenia L. Siegler, MD, FACP, Elizabeth Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN, Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN

Too little research has attended to the impact of specific institutional arrangements, such as residential hospice programs, that might be expected to ameliorate the death anxieties of both patients and families in the end-of-life period by ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2013)

Volume 24: Race by Thomas C. Holt, Laurie B. Green, Charles Reagan Wilson

sought to ameliorate racial injustice in the American South through expanded dialogue and cooperation between the races. Unlike the NAACP, the SRC did ...

Google previewA complete dictionary of synonyms and antonyms or synonyms and words of opposite meaning

by S. Fallows

Raise, enhance, exalt, honor, promote ameliorate, purify, improve.

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Usage statistics about ameliorate

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Quotes about Ameliorate

For reforms ameliorate the situation of the working class, they lighten the weight of the chains labour is burdened with by capitalism, but they are not sufficient to crush capitalism and to emancipate the workers from their tyranny. (Clara Zetkin)
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Scrabble value of A1M3E1L1I1O1R1A1T1E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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