By finding a part-time job, Susan was able to ameliorate, or improve, her household’s poor financial situation. The knowledge that she would finally be able to afford food for her family ameliorated or relieved Susan’s sadness. Susan’s best friend Emily had helped ameliorate or relieve some of her financial distress when she had been unemployed—a friend in need is a friend indeed.
Quiz: What does it mean to ameliorate a bad situation?
- To investigate how bad it is.
- To make it better.
- To suffer from its effects.