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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ameliorate \A*mel"io*rate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ameliorated; p. pr. & vb. n. Ameliorating.] [L. ad + meliorare to make better: cf. F. am['e]liorer. See Meliorate.] To make better; to improve; to meliorate. [1913 Webster] In every human being there is a wish to ameliorate his own condition. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]