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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Meliorate \Mel"io*rate\ (m[=e]l"y[-o]*r[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Meliorated (m[=e]l"y[-o]*r[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Meliorating.] [L. melioratus, p. p. of meliorare to meliorate, fr. melior better; akin to Gr. ma^llon rather, ma`la very. Cf. Ameliorate.] To make better; to improve; to ameliorate; to soften; to make more tolerable. [1913 Webster] Nature by art we nobly meliorate. --Denham. [1913 Webster] The pure and benign light of revelation has had a meliorating influence on mankind. --Washington. [1913 Webster]