Definition of mitigate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

mitigate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈmɪtɪɡeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪtɪɡeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mitigate
BrE BrE//ˈmɪtɪɡeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪtɪɡeɪt//
 
he / she / it mitigates
BrE BrE//ˈmɪtɪɡeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪtɪɡeɪts//
 
past simple mitigated
BrE BrE//ˈmɪtɪɡeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪtɪɡeɪtɪd//
 
past participle mitigated
BrE BrE//ˈmɪtɪɡeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪtɪɡeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form mitigating
BrE BrE//ˈmɪtɪɡeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪtɪɡeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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mitigate something (formal) to make something less harmful, serious, etc. synonym alleviate action to mitigate poverty Soil erosion was mitigated by the planting of trees. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin mitigat- ‘softened, alleviated’, from the verb mitigare, from mitis ‘mild’.
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