(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. better, reclaim, restore, improve, redeem, regenerate, convert. See change. —n. improvement, amendment, regeneration, reformation; crusade.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. reformation, betterment, amelioration, New law; see change 2 , improvement 1 , 2 .
1. [To change into a New or better form]
Syn. reorganize, reconstruct, rearrange, transform, ameliorate, redeem, rectify, better, rehabilitate, improve, correct, cure, remedy, convert, mend, emend, amend, restore, remodel, revise, repair, rebuild, reclaim, revolutionize, regenerate, refashion, renovate, renew, rework, reconstitute, make over, remake; see also change 1 .
Ant. degrade, corrupt*, botch.
2. [To correct evils]
Syn. amend, clean out, give a New basis, abolish, repeal, uplift, ameliorate, rectify, regenerate, redeem, rehabilitate, give New life to, remedy, stamp out, make better, standardize, bring up to code, set straight; see also sense 1; improve 1 .
3. [To change one's conduct for the better]
Syn. resolve, mend, mend one's ways, regenerate, make amends, have a New conscience, make a New start, make resolutions, turn over a New leaf, see the error of one's ways, change one's ways, straighten out, go straight*, clean up one's act*, shape up*, get religion*, put on the New man*, swear off*; see also sense 2.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
correction, change for the better, improvement, advancement, betterment, renovation, progress, rectification.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To make right what is wrong: amend, correct, emend, mend, rectify, redress, remedy, right. See CORRECT.

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