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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mitigate mean? 

  The verb MITIGATE has 2 senses:

1. lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
2. make less severe or harsh

  Familiarity information: MITIGATE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1mitigate [BACK TO TOP]


Lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


extenuate; mitigate; palliate

Context example:

The circumstances extenuate the crime

Hypernyms (to "mitigate" is one way to...):

apologise; apologize; excuse; justify; rationalise; rationalize (defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something

Sense 2mitigate [BACK TO TOP]


Make less severe or harsh

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

mitigating circumstances

Hypernyms (to "mitigate" is one way to...):

decrease; lessen; minify (make smaller)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "mitigate"):

lighten; relieve (alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

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