Ahh, the subtleties of the English
's definition is somewhat incomplete,
even though a recent version of the same dictionary
has the same definition. I will attempt to remedy
Ameliorate is used exclusively to describe the effects of an action rendering an intolerable
. A good synonym
would be "ease
Thus, one would not say: "My $500 winning lottery
my bank account
, which had plenty of money in it already."
One might say, however: "My $500 winning lottery ticket ameliorate
d a situation with my landlord
, who was ready to evict
me for nonpayment."
However, do *not* use "ameliorate" if an action removes the problem entirely. In that case, use "remedy
" or "fix