AskDefine | Define mitigate

Dictionary Definition



1 lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of; "The circumstances extenuate the crime" [syn: extenuate, palliate]
2 make less severe or harsh; "mitigating circumstances"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈmɪtɪgeɪt/


  1. To reduce, lessen, or decrease.



to reduce, lessen, or decrease
  • Czech: zmírnit, snížit
  • Finnish: lieventää, helpottaa
  • German: mildern
  • Portuguese: mitigar
  • Russian: смягчать, уменьшать ( строгость, суровость; наказание ); умерять, сдерживать ( жар, пыл ); облегчать ( боль, страдание )
  • Spanish: mitigar
  • Swedish: lindra, mildra



  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, mitigare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, mitigare#Italian|mitigare

Extensive Definition

Mitigation may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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