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mitigate (ˈmɪtɪˌɡeɪt Pronunciation for mitigate



  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 Pronunciation for mitigable  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'

I gave up wine too but felt so faint at 8pm last night that I had to mitigate.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Industry could have taken investment from a reservoir of saving to mitigate foreign borrowing.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
Ironically, while pollution is condemned universally, precious little has actually been done to mitigate it.
Business Today (2000)
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
Real options such as these allow managers to add value to their firm, by acting to amplify good fortune or to mitigate loss.
Charles A. D'Ambrosio & Stewart D. Hodges & Richard Brealey & Stewart Myers Principles of Corporate Finance
She has made a will but has not made any provision to mitigate any inheritance tax (IHT) liability.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
She raised her'kerchief to her nose to mitigate the stench.
Fidelis Morgan THE RIVAL QUEENS: A Countess Ashby de la Zouche Mystery (2002)
The obligation of the employee to mitigate is the flip side of the obligation to provide reasonable notice.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Two of the Heroes could not quite mitigate their practiced heroism to meet the current threat.
Tepper, Sheri S. A Plague of Angels


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