Thesaurus

ameliorate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of ameliorate

  1. to make better social legislation that must be given credit for ameliorating the lot of millions of deprived people Synonyms of ameliorate improve, amend, better, enhance, enrich, help, meliorate, perfect, refine, upgradeWords Related to ameliorate correct, emend, rectify, reform, remediate, remedy; edit, fine-tune, redraft, refurbish, rehab, rehabilitate, revamp, revise, rework; beef (up), boost, fortify, intensify, reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; fine, hone, polish; retouch, touch upNear Antonyms of ameliorate damage, endamage, harm, hurt, impair, injure, spoil, tarnish, vitiate; blemish, blight, deface, disfigure, flaw, mar; diminish, lessen, lower, reduceAntonyms of ameliorate worsen

Synonym Discussion of ameliorate

improve, better, help, ameliorate mean to make more acceptable or to bring nearer a standard. improve and better are general and interchangeable and apply to what can be made better whether it is good or bad.
    • measures to further improve the quality of medical care
    • immigrants hoping to better their lot
help implies a bettering that still leaves room for improvement.
    • a coat of paint would help that house
ameliorate implies making more tolerable or acceptable conditions that are hard to endure.
    • tried to ameliorate the lives of people in the tenements


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