mitigate

  • 1 mitigate — mit·i·gate / mi tə ˌgāt/ vb gat·ed, gat·ing vt: to lessen or minimize the severity of what actions the State took to mitigate the hazardous conditions Estate of Arrowwood v. State, 894 P.2d 642 (1995) factors that mitigate the crime see also… …

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  • 2 mitigate — UK US /ˈmɪtɪgeɪt/ verb [T] FORMAL ► to make something less harmful, unpleasant, or bad: »technologies that can mitigate global warming mitigate damage/risk »The company was criticized for failing to mitigate risks at the plant. mitigate the… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 Mitigate — 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.; …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 mitigate — ► VERB 1) make less severe, serious, or painful. 2) (mitigating) (of a fact or circumstance) lessening the gravity or culpability of an action. DERIVATIVES mitigation noun. USAGE The words mitigate and militate are often confused …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 mitigate — (v.) early 15c., relieve (pain), from L. mitigatus, pp. 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,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 mitigate — allay, *relieve, alleviate, lighten, assuage Analogous words: temper, *moderate: abate, reduce, lessen, diminish, *decrease: *palliate, extenuate Antonyms: intensify Contrasted words: aggravate, heighten, enhance (see INTENSIFY): * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 mitigate — [v] check, diminish, lighten abate, allay, alleviate, appease, assuage, blunt, calm, come together, cool*, dull, ease, extenuate, lessen, meet halfway*, moderate, modify, mollify, pacify, palliate, placate, quiet, reduce, relieve, remit, soften,… …

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  • 8 mitigate — [mit′ə gāt΄] vt., vi. mitigated, mitigating [ME mitigaten < L mitigatus, pp. of mitigare, to make mild, soft, or tender < mitis, soft (see MIGNON) + agere, to drive: see ACT1] 1. to make or become milder, less severe, less rigorous, or less …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 mitigate — militate, mitigate The two words are sometimes confused (usually mitigate is used for militate) because both meanings are connected with having a reducing effect and their forms and rhythm are close. Mitigate is transitive (i.e. it takes an… …

    Modern English usage

  • 10 mitigate — mitigable /mit i geuh beuhl/, adj. mitigatedly, adv. mitigation, n. mitigative, mitigatory /mit i geuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. mitigator, n. /mit i gayt /, v., mitigated, mitigating. v.t …

    Universalium

  • 11 mitigate — v. (pompous) (d; intr.) to mitigate against ( to make difficult ) USAGE NOTE: Many consider the use of mitigate in place of militate to be substandard. * * * [ mɪtɪgeɪt] (pompous) (d; intr.) to mitigate against (USAGE NOTE: Many consider the use… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 mitigate — [ mɪtɪgeɪt] verb [often as adjective mitigating] make less severe, serious, or painful. Derivatives mitigable adjective mitigation noun mitigator noun mitigatory adjective …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 13 mitigate — UK [ˈmɪtɪɡeɪt] / US [ˈmɪtɪˌɡeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms mitigate : present tense I/you/we/they mitigate he/she/it mitigates present participle mitigating past tense mitigated past participle mitigated formal to reduce the harmful effects of …

    English dictionary

  • 14 mitigate — mit•i•gate [[t]ˈmɪt ɪˌgeɪt[/t]] v. gat•ed, gat•ing 1) to lessen in force or intensity; make less severe: to mitigate the harshness of a punishment[/ex] 2) to make milder or more gentle; mollify 3) to become milder; lessen in severity • Etymology …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 mitigate — transitive verb ( gated; gating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin mitigatus, past participle of mitigare to soften, from mitis soft + igare (akin to Latin agere to drive); akin to Old Irish moíth soft more at agent Date: 15th century 1. to… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 mitigate — verb /ˈmɪt.ɪ.ɡeɪt/ To reduce, lessen, or decrease. 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. Syn: check, diminish, ease …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 mitigate — See mitigate, militate …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 18 mitigate — verb Mitigate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑effect, ↑impact, ↑problem, ↑risk …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 mitigate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. lessen, moderate, ameliorate, palliate, allay, relieve. See relief, moderation, vindication. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. alleviate, lessen, moderate; see decrease 1 , relieve 2 . See Synonym Study at… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 mitigate — mit|i|gate [ˈmıtıgeıt] v [T] formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of mitigare to soften , from mitis soft ] to make a situation or the effects of something less unpleasant, harmful, or serious = ↑alleviate ▪ Measures need… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English