音标: [əˈmiːliəreɪt]

To ameliorate is to step in and make a bad situation better. You could try introducing a second lollipop to ameliorate a battle between two toddlers over a single lollipop.

The verb ameliorate comes from the Latin word meliorare, meaning “improve.” Food drives can ameliorate hunger. An air conditioner can ameliorate the discomfort of a stiflingly hot summer day. A sympathy card can ameliorate grief. Family therapy can ameliorate severe sibling rivalry. Anything that can lift a burden or make something better can ameliorate.

Someone who can ameliorate the situation.

Hey, just winging that guy is not gonna ameliorate your situation.

And? Did the head help to ameliorate your pest peccadillo?