• IPA: /ˈmɪt.ɪ.ɡeɪt/

mitigate (mitigates, present participle mitigating; past and past participle mitigated)

  1. (transitive) To reduce, lessen, or decrease; to make less severe or easier to bear.
    • 1795 – George Washington, Seventh State of the Union Address
      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.
    • 1813 – James Madison, Fifth State of the Union Address
      But in yielding to it the retaliation has been mitigated as much as possible, both in its extent and in its character...
    • 1896 – Walter Hadwen, The Case Against Vaccination
      Then they tell us that vaccination will mitigate the disease that it will make it milder.
    • 1901 – H. G. Wells, The First Men in the Moon, ch 7
      Then I discovered the brilliance of the landscape around was mitigated by blue spectacles.
    • 1920 – H. P. Lovecraft, The Cats of Ulthar
      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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