[ mit-i-geyt ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
late Middle English from early 15th century, "relieve (pain); make mild or more tolerable; reduce in amount or degree," from the Latin mitigatus, past participle of mitigare "soften, make tender, ripen, mellow, tame," figuratively, "make mild or gentle, pacify, soothe," ultimately from mitis "gentle, soft" + root of agere "to do, perform"
  • soothe weaken lessen ease relieve
  • allay alleviate assuage reduce soften
  • extend increase intensify upset worsen
  • aggravate agitate provoke raise trouble
1. to make less severe
2. to lessen in force or intensity, as wrath, grief, harshness, or pain; moderate
1. A) She apologized to her mom in an attempt to mitigate her punishment. B) She gave a coupon to the customer to mitigate his anger.
2. A) She tried to figure out a way to mitigate the damage her sister caused. B) He told his teacher that he liked her shoes in a feeble attempt to mitigate her ire.
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