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Definition to improve — especially a bad situation
  • The drug ameliorates the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
ameliorates = improves (something that is bad)
  • Investors should diversify to ameliorate risk.
  • We doubled funding to ameliorate the current humanitarian emergency.
  • ameliorate = improve
  • I sought to improve her manners and ameliorate her general tone...
    Dickens, Charles  --  Little Dorrit
  • The effect was to ameliorate the too savage conditions of the fang-and-claw social struggle.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • The United States should support the principle that those nations closest to a crisis have a special regional responsibility to do what they can to ameliorate the crisis.
    Newt Gingrich  --  The Current State of UN Reform  --,filter.all/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • We held community meetings to understand public concern and to avoid or ameliorate the adverse effects of such a large development.
  • It undergoes continual changes; it is barbarous, it is civilized, it is Christianized, it is rich, it is scientific; but this change is not amelioration.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • amelioration = to improve — especially a bad situation
  • The accused have told me and their counsel have told me that the accused who were all leaders of the non-European population were motivated entirely by a desire to ameliorate these grievances.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • ameliorate = to improve — especially a bad situation
  • Schools were established among them, and benevolent societies were active in efforts to ameliorate their condition.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • ameliorate = to improve — especially a bad situation
  • There was, however, an ameliorating support system.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • ameliorating = tending to improve a bad situation
  • Spring drew on: she was indeed already come; the frosts of winter had ceased; its snows were melted, its cutting winds ameliorated.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • ameliorated = improved (something that was bad)
  • Knowledge and virtues were increased and diffused; arts, sciences useful to man, ameliorating their condition, were improved, more than in any period.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • ameliorating = improving (something that is bad)
  • The work of ameliorating the conditions of life—the true civilizing process that makes life more and more secure—had gone steadily on to a climax.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • ameliorating = to improve
  • I sought to improve her manners and ameliorate her general tone; she (supported in this likewise by her relations) resented my endeavours.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • ameliorate = to improve — especially a bad situation
  • Still, the peaceful quality of his surroundings gradually ameliorated his resentment, confusion, and stubborn anger.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • ameliorated = soothed or helped to make better
  • There is a closer tie than is commonly supposed between the improvement of the soul and the amelioration of what belongs to the body.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • amelioration = to improve — especially a bad situation
  • Philosophy should be an energy; it should have for effort and effect to ameliorate the condition of man.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ameliorate = improve
  • Honour to those indefatigable spirits who consecrate their vigils to the amelioration or to the alleviation of their kind!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • amelioration = improvement
  • I felt the greatest eagerness to hear the promised narrative, partly from curiosity and partly from a strong desire to ameliorate his fate if it were in my power.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
ameliorate = improve

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