Mitigate is defined as to make something less severe, less harsh or less painful.(verb)
An example of mitigate is to reduce a prison sentence.
See mitigate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < confusion with militateto operate or work (against): generally considered a loose or erroneous usage
Origin: ME mitigaten < L mitigatus, pp. of mitigare, to make mild, soft, or tender < mitis, soft (see mignon) + agere, to drive: see act
See mitigate in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb mit·i·gat·ed, mit·i·gat·ing, mit·i·gates verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English mitigaten
Origin: , from Latin mītigāre, mītigāt-
Origin: : mītis, soft
Origin: + agere, to drive, do; see act.
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