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mitigate

[ mit-i-geyt ]
/ 藞m瑟t 瑟藢ge瑟t /
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verb (used with object), mit路i路gat路ed, mit路i路gat路ing.
to lessen in force or intensity, as wrath, grief, harshness, or pain; moderate.
to make less severe: to mitigate a punishment.
to make (a person, one's state of mind, disposition, etc.) milder or more gentle; mollify; appease.
verb (used without object), mit路i路gat路ed, mit路i路gat路ing.
to become milder; lessen in severity.
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Origin of mitigate

First recorded in 1375鈥1425; late Middle English mitigaten, from Latin m墨tig膩tus (past participle of m墨tig膩re 鈥渢o calm, soften, soothe鈥), equivalent to m墨t(is) 鈥渕ild, soft, gentle鈥 + -ig- (combining form of agere 鈥渢o do, cause to do, make鈥) + -膩tus verb suffix; see -ate1

words often confused with mitigate

Mitigate, whose central meaning is 鈥渢o lessen鈥 or 鈥渢o make less severe,鈥 is sometimes confused with militate, which means 鈥渢o have effect or influence; weigh on.鈥 This mix-up often occurs in the use of the phrase mitigate against, as follows: This criticism in no way mitigates (read militates ) against your going ahead with your research. Although this use of mitigate occasionally occurs in edited writing, it is rare and is widely regarded as an error.

OTHER WORDS FROM mitigate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mitigate

militate, mitigate (see confusables note at the current entry)
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How to use mitigate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mitigate

mitigate
/ (藞m瑟t瑟藢伞e瑟t) /

verb
to make or become less severe or harsh; moderate

Derived forms of mitigate

mitigable (藞m瑟t瑟伞蓹bl), adjectivemitigation, nounmitigative or mitigatory, adjectivemitigator, noun

Word Origin for mitigate

C15: from Latin m墨tig膩re, from m墨tis mild + agere to make

usage for mitigate

Mitigate is sometimes wrongly used where militate is meant: his behaviour militates (not mitigates) against his chances of promotion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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