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mitigate  (ˈmɪtɪˌɡeɪt



  1. to make or become less severe or harsh; moderate
Mitigate is sometimes wrongly used where militate is meant: his behaviour militates (not mitigates) against his chances of promotion

Derived Forms

mitigable  (ˈmɪtɪɡəbəl   adjective
ˌmitiˈgation  noun
ˈmitiˌgative, ˈmitiˌgatory  adjective
ˈmitiˌgator  noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin mītigāre, from mītis mild + agere to make

Translations for 'mitigate'

  • British English: mitigate To mitigate something means to make it less unpleasant, serious, or painful. VERB...ways of mitigating the effects of an explosion.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: mitigar
  • Chinese: 缓解缓緩解
  • European Spanish: mitigar
  • French: atténuer
  • German: mildern
  • Italian: mitigare
  • Japanese: 和らげる
  • Korean: 완화하다
  • Portuguese: mitigar
  • Spanish: mitigar

Example Sentences Including 'mitigate'

Or did he know that all these things were in store, and only hope to do his best to mitigate their effects when they arrived?
Murray, Stephen Death and Transfiguration
Two of the Heroes could not quite mitigate their practiced heroism to meet the current threat.
Tepper, Sheri S. A Plague of Angels
She raised her'kerchief to her nose to mitigate the stench.
Fidelis Morgan THE RIVAL QUEENS: A Countess Ashby de la Zouche Mystery (2002)


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