- 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.
- to become milder; lessen in severity.
Origin of mitigate
Related Wordsdull, lessen, ease, relieve, reduce, temper, soothe, alleviate, mollify, allay, soften, blunt, assuage, weaken, moderate, appease, subdue, palliate, extenuate, modify
Examples from the Web for mitigate
But the military can mitigate the risks simply by virtue of its enormous logistical reach.The Military’s Mission to Fight Ebola Might Be Dangerous But it Won’t Be Black Hawk Down
Nathan Bradley Bethea
September 19, 2014
Of course, cities can take steps right away to mitigate the damage done by militarizing law enforcement.What’s Next, Police With Tanks?
June 28, 2014
The deafening klaxons can leave one feeling helpless, but there are still steps you can take to mitigate the damage.How to Mitigate the Damage of the Heartbleed Security Hole
April 11, 2014
Yes, you can do a lot to mitigate this by providing mentors, training, college prep, and other services.The Flaw in My Brother’s Keeper
February 28, 2014
There are lots of things, including changing the kind of inner dialog, that can mitigate anxiety.A Q&A with Scott Stossel, Author of ‘My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind’
February 20, 2014
But that did not at all mitigate our own shame--and surprise!A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume I
Mrs. Humphry Ward
For good or evil, the great towns are here, and we can but mitigate.Another Sheaf
Grieving will not mitigate our lot, nay, it will add to its burden.The Cat of Bubastes
G. A. Henty
The slow stare that he gave me did not mitigate the leisureliness of his entry.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Oswald saw the gravity of her trouble, and could say little to mitigate it.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
- to make or become less severe or harsh; moderate
Word Origin and History for mitigate
early 15c., "relieve (pain)," from Latin mitigatus, past participle of mitigare "soften, make tender, ripen, mellow, tame," figuratively, "make mild or gentle, pacify, soothe," ultimately from mitis "gentle, soft" (from PIE *mei- "mild") + root of agere "do, make, act" (see act). First element is from PIE root *mei- "soft, mild." Related: Mitigated; mitigating; mitigates.
- To moderate in force or intensity.