• Mitigate

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈmɪt.ɪ.ɡeɪt/

    Full definition of mitigate

    Verb

    1. (transitive) To reduce, lessen, or decrease.
      • 1795George Washington, Measures are pursuing to prevent or mitigate the usual consequences of such outrages, and with the hope of their succeeding at least to avert general hostility.
      • 1813James Madison, But in yielding to it the retaliation has been mitigated as much as possible, both in its extent and in its character...
      • 1896Walter Hadwen, Then they tell us that vaccination will mitigate the disease that it will make it milder.
      • 1901H. G. Wells, , ch 7Then I discovered the brilliance of the landscape around was mitigated by blue spectacles.
      • 1920H. P. Lovecraft, The plague had not been kind to him, yet had left him this small furry thing to mitigate his sorrow; and when one is very young, one can find great relief in the lively antics of a black kitten.
    2. (transitive) To downplay.

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