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Definitions for mitigate
ˈmɪt ɪˌgeɪtmit·i·gate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. extenuate, palliate, mitigateverb

    lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

    "The circumstances extenuate the crime"

  2. mitigateverb

    make less severe or harsh

    "mitigating circumstances"


  1. mitigateverb

    To reduce, lessen, or decrease.

  2. mitigateverb

    To downplay.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mitigateverb

    to make less severe, intense, harsh, rigorous, painful, etc.; to soften; to meliorate; to alleviate; to diminish; to lessen; as, to mitigate heat or cold; to mitigate grief

  2. Mitigateverb

    to make mild and accessible; to mollify; -- applied to persons

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mitigate

    mit′i-gāt, v.t. to make more easily borne: to lessen the severity of: to temper: to reduce in amount (as evil).—adjs. Mit′igable, that can be mitigated; Mit′igant, mitigating.—n. Mitigā′tion, act of mitigating: alleviation: abatement.—adjs. Mit′igative, Mit′igatory, tending to mitigate: soothing.—n. Mit′igator, one who mitigates. [L. mitigāre, -atummitis, mild.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. mitigate

    To diminish the severity of; as, to mitigate punishment; to reduce in amount of severity, as a penalty. See Appendix, Articles of War, 112.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mitigate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mitigate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of mitigate in a Sentence

  1. David Becker:

    Erin Weir would certainly mitigate some of the crime that Erin Weir see.

  2. The White House:

    As spring and summer approach, bringing with them larger and more active mosquito populations, we must be fully prepared to mitigate and quickly address local transmission within the continental U.S., particularly in the Southern United States.

  3. The National Gallery of Australia:

    Closing our doors allows us to mitigate any risk to the public, staff and works of art on display.

  4. The CDC Staples:

    Chikungunya will go through a region quite rapidly and create a level of population immunity which helps mitigate large outbreaks of the disease.

  5. Rachel Sachs:

    It is a plan to make a plan, it seems to mitigate the federal government's role here.

Images & Illustrations of mitigate

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    To cause to become
    • A. abhor
    • B. affront
    • C. elate
    • D. render

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