ameliorate

To ameliorate is to step in and make a bad situation better. You could try introducing a second lollipop to ameliorate a battle between two four-year-olds over a single lollipop.

The verb ameliorate comes from the Latin word meliorare, meaning “improve.” Food drives can ameliorate hunger. Aspirin can ameliorate a headache. A sympathy card can ameliorate grief. Family therapy can ameliorate severe sibling rivalry. Anything that can lift a burden can ameliorate.

DEFINITIONS OF: ameliorate

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v to make better

Synonyms:
amend, better, improve, meliorate
better, improve, meliorate
get better
Antonyms:
aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate, worsen
make worse
Types:
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alleviate, assuage, palliate, relieve
provide physical relief, as from pain
aid, help
improve the condition of
regenerate, revitalize
restore strength
enrich
make better or improve in quality
build up, develop
change the use of and make available or usable
turn around
improve dramatically
help
improve; change for the better
upgrade
to improve what was old or outdated
condition
put into a better state
emend
make improvements or corrections to
iron out, put right, straighten out
settle or put right
enhance
make better or more attractive
bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on
restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
reform
make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices
reform
improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition
beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify
make more beautiful
build
improve the cleansing action of
hone, perfect
make perfect or complete
down, fine-tune, polish, refine
improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
distill, make pure, purify, sublimate
remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation
fructify
make productive or fruitful
lift, raise
invigorate or heighten
advance
develop further
upgrade
give better travel conditions to
educate
give an education to
groom, neaten
care for one's external appearance
curry, dress, groom
give a neat appearance to
soothe
cause to feel better
bring around, cure, heal
provide a cure for, make healthy again
comfort, ease
lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate
redevelop
change the plans for the use of (land)
fill out, round out
make bigger or better or more complete
optimise, optimize
make optimal; get the most out of; use best
choke, throttle
reduce the air supply
recondition
bring into an improved condition
follow up
increase the effectiveness or success of by further action
retouch, touch up
alter so as to produce a more desirable appearance
rejuvenate
make younger or more youthful
fiddle, tinker
try to fix or mend
fill
plug with a substance
patch, piece
repair by adding pieces
cobble
repair or mend
point, repoint
repair the joints of bricks
trouble-shoot, troubleshoot
solve problems
patch, patch up
mend by putting a patch on
dress up, window-dress
make something appear superficially attractive
slick up, smarten up, spiff up, spruce, spruce up, titivate, tittivate
make neat, smart, or trim
brush up, polish, polish up, round, round off
bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state
over-refine, overrefine
refine too much or with excess of subtlety
rectify, refine
reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities
purge
rid of impurities
feed, fertilise, fertilize
provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to
resole, sole
put a new sole on
revamp, vamp
provide (a shoe) with a new vamp
heel, reheel
put a new heel on
settle
establish or develop as a residence
polish, shine, smooth, smoothen
make (a surface) shine
darn
repair by sewing
benefit, do good
be beneficial for
socialise, socialize
train for a social environment
groom, prepare, train
educate for a future role or function
co-educate, coeducate
educate persons of both sexes together
school
educate in or as if in a school
civilise, civilize, cultivate, educate, school, train
teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
become, suit
enhance the appearance of
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v get better

Synonyms:
better, improve, meliorate
amend, better, improve, meliorate
to make better
Antonyms:
decline, worsen
grow worse
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convalesce, recover, recuperate
get over an illness or shock
heal
get healthy again
reform, see the light, straighten out
change for the better
surge
see one's performance improve
pick up, turn around
improve significantly; go from bad to good
bounce back, get over, get well
improve in health
heal, mend
heal or recover
fructify
become productive or fruitful
upgrade
get better travel conditions
gain vigor, percolate, perk, perk up, pick up
gain or regain energy
snap back
recover quickly
scab
form a scab
skin over
grow new skin over an injury
granulate
form granulating tissue
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
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