Word of the Day – Ameliorate

By September 11, 2017Word of the Day

Ameliorate (verb)

a-mee-lee-o-rayt

Make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better.

Mid 18th century: alteration of meliorate, influenced by French améliorer, from meilleur ‘better’.

Example sentences

“Someone needs to ameliorate the whole country!”

“The reform did a lot to ameliorate living standards.”

Word of the Day – Oligopsony

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Oligopsony (noun)

ol-ig-op-son-ee

A state of the market in which only a small number of buyers exists for a product.

1940s: from oligo- ‘small number’ + Greek opsōnein ‘buy provisions’, on the pattern of monopsony.

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