meliorate

verb

me·​lio·​rate ˈmēl-yə-ˌrāt How to pronounce meliorate (audio)
ˈmē-lē-ə-
meliorated; meliorating
melioration
ˌmēl-yə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce meliorate (audio)
ˌmē-lē-ə-
noun
meliorative
ˈmēl-yə-ˌrā-tiv How to pronounce meliorate (audio)
ˈmē-lē-ə-
adjective
meliorator
ˈmēl-yə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce meliorate (audio)
ˈmē-lē-ə-
noun

Examples of meliorate in a Sentence

regulations intended to meliorate the working conditions of factory workers
Recent Examples on the Web And facing my feelings head-on by engaging with a beautifully observed piece of art helps meliorate the loneliness that goes hand-in-hand with loss. Rachel Wilkerson Miller, SELF, 28 Feb. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Late Latin melioratus, past participle of meliorare, from Latin melior better; akin to Latin multus much, Greek mala very

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of meliorate was in 1542

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Cite this Entry

“Meliorate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meliorate. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

meliorate

verb
me·​lio·​rate ˈmēl-yə-ˌrāt How to pronounce meliorate (audio)
ˈmē-lē-ə-
meliorated; meliorating
: to make or become better : improve
melioration
ˌmēl-yə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce meliorate (audio)
ˌmē-lē-ə-
noun
meliorative
ˈmēl-yə-ˌrāt-iv How to pronounce meliorate (audio)
ˈmē-lē-ə-
adjective
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