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ameliorate

  

      vb   to make or become better; improve  
     (C18: from meliorate, influenced by French améliorer to improve, from Old French ameillorer to make better, from meillor better, from Latin melior)  
   ameliorable             adj  
  ameliorant      n  
   ameliorative             adj  
  ameliorator      n  
Ameliorate is often wrongly used where alleviate is meant. Ameliorate is properly used to mean `improve', not `make easier to bear', so one should talk about alleviating pain or hardship, not ameliorating it  
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