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Sep 26, 2012
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Verbs

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crepitate
ramify
ameliorate
adhibit
decorticate

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ameliorate

PRONUNCIATION:
(a-MEL-yuh-rayt, uh-MEE-lee-)

MEANING:
verb tr., intr.: To make or grow better; to improve.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin melior (better). Earliest documented use: 1767.

USAGE:
"An offhand allusion to luggage problems and the presentation of his 'platinum preferred' credit card had seemed to ameliorate most of the doubts about his desirability as a guest."
Carole Buck; A Bride for Saint Nick; Silhouette Books; 1996.

See more usage examples of ameliorate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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As to conforming outwardly and living your own life inwardly, I do not think much of that. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)

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