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meliorate

ME'LIORATE, v.t. [L.melior,better.] To make better; to improve; as, to meliorate fruit by grafting, or soil by cultivation. Civilization has done much, but christianity more, to meliorate the condition of men in society.

Nature by art we nobly meliorate.

ME'LIORATE, v.i. To grow better.




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ME'LIORATE, v.t. [L.melior,better.] To make better; to improve; as, to meliorate fruit by grafting, or soil by cultivation. Civilization has done much, but christianity more, to meliorate the condition of men in society.

Nature by art we nobly meliorate.

ME'LIORATE, v.i. To grow better.


MEL'IOR-ATE, v.i.

To grow better.


MEL'IOR-ATE, v.t. [Fr. ameliorer; Sp. mejorar; It. migliorare; from L. melior, better; W. mall, gain, profit; Ir. meall, good.]

To make better; to improve; as, to meliorate fruit by grafting, or soil by cultivation. Civilization has done much, but Christianity more, to meliorate the condition of men in a society. Nature by art we nobly meliorate. – Denham.


Mel"io*rate
  1. To make better; to improve; to ameliorate; to soften; to make more tolerable.

    Nature by art we nobly meliorate. Denham.

    The pure and benign light of revelation has had a meliorating influence on mankind. Washington.

  2. To grow better.
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Meliorate

ME'LIORATE, verb transitive [Latin melior, better.] To make better; to improve; as, to meliorate fruit by grafting, or soil by cultivation. Civilization has done much, but christianity more, to meliorate the condition of men in society.

Nature by art we nobly meliorate

ME'LIORATE, verb intransitive To grow better.

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