- Mitigate is defined as to make something less severe, less harsh or less painful.
An example of mitigate is to reduce a prison sentence.
intransitive verbmitigated, mitigating
- to make or become milder, less severe, less rigorous, or less painful; moderate
Origin of mitigate< confusion with militate to operate or work (against): generally considered a loose or erroneous usage
Origin of mitigateMiddle English mitigaten ; from Classical Latin mitigatus, past participle of mitigare, to make mild, soft, or tender ; from mitis, soft (see mignon) + agere, to drive: see act
transitive verbmit·i·gat·ed, mit·i·gat·ing, mit·i·gates
- To make less severe or intense; moderate or alleviate. See Synonyms at relieve.
- To make alterations to (land) to make it less polluted or more hospitable to wildlife.
Origin of mitigateMiddle English mitigaten, from Latin mītigāre, mītigāt- : mītis, soft + agere, to drive, do; see act.
- mit′i·ga′tive, mit′i·ga·to′ry
(third-person singular simple present mitigates, present participle mitigating, simple past and past participle mitigated)