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English definition of “ameliorate”

ameliorate

verb [T] uk   /əˈmiːl.jə.reɪt/ formal us  
to make a bad or unpleasant situation better: Foreign aid is badly needed to ameliorate the effects of the drought.
amelioration
noun [U] uk   /əˌmiː.li.əˈreɪ.ʃən/ us  
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