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Meaning of MITIGATE

Pronunciation:  'miti`geyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  make less severe or harsh; "mitigating circumstances"
  2. [v]  lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of; "The circumstances extenuate the crime"
 

MITIGATE is a 8 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: extenuate, palliate
 
 See Also: apologise, apologize, decrease, excuse, justify, lessen, minify, rationalise, rationalize, relieve

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Mit"i*gate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mitigated}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Mitigating}.] [L. mitigatus, p. p. of mitigare to
soften, mitigate; mitis mild, soft + the root of agere to do,
drive.]
1. 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. To make mild and accessible; to mollify; -- applied to
   persons. [Obs.]

         This opinion . . . mitigated kings into companions.
                                               --Burke.

Syn: To alleviate; assuage; allay. See {Alleviate}.

 
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