[meel-yuh-reyt, mee-lee-uh-] /ˈmil yəˌreɪt, ˈmi li ə-/
verb (used with or without object), meliorated, meliorating.
[uh-meel-yuh-reyt, uh-mee-lee-uh-] /əˈmil yəˌreɪt, əˈmi li ə-/
verb (used with or without object), ameliorated, ameliorating.
to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve:
strategies to ameliorate negative effects on the environment.
to make or become better; improve
a variant of ameliorate
1550s, “to make better,” back-formation from melioration or else from Late Latin melioratus, past participle of Latin meliorare “improve,” from melior “better,” used as comparative of bonus “good,” but probably originally meaning “stronger,” from PIE root *mel- “strong, great, numerous” (see multi-). Related: Meliorated; meliorating; melioration; meliorative.
1728, perhaps a back-formation from amelioration on pattern of French améliorer. The simpler form meliorate was used in Middle English. Related: Ameliorated; ameliorating.
[meel-yuh-rey-shuh n, mee-lee-uh-] /ˌmil yəˈreɪ ʃən, ˌmi li ə-/ noun 1. Historical Linguistics. semantic change in a word to a more approved or more respectable meaning. Compare (def 2). 2. . /ˌmiːlɪəˈreɪʃən/ noun 1. the act or an instance of improving or the state of being improved n. c.1400, “improvement,” from Late Latin meliorationem (nominative […]
[mel-uh-nee-zhuh, -shuh] /ˌmɛl əˈni ʒə, -ʃə/ noun 1. one of the three principal divisions of Oceania, comprising the island groups in the S Pacific NE of Australia. /ˌmɛləˈniːzɪə/ noun 1. one of the three divisions of islands in the Pacific (the others being Micronesia and Polynesia); the SW division of Oceania: includes Fiji, New Caledonia, […]
melanedema mel·a·ne·de·ma (měl’ə-nĭ-dē’mə) n. Dark brown or black granules of insoluble pigment in the blood.
[meel-yuh-riz-uh m, mee-lee-uh-] /ˈmil yəˌrɪz əm, ˈmi li ə-/ noun 1. the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort. /ˈmiːlɪəˌrɪzəm/ noun 1. the notion that the world can be improved by human effort n. “belief that the world tends to become better,” 1868, from Latin melior […]