mitigate Definition

  • 1to make something less severe, harmful, or painful
  • 2to lessen the gravity of an offense or mistake

Using mitigate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "mitigate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The doctor prescribed medication to mitigate the pain.

  • Example

    The company took measures to mitigate the environmental impact of their operations.

  • Example

    He apologized to mitigate the damage caused by his remarks.

mitigate Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with mitigate

  • mitigating circumstances/factors

    factors that may reduce the severity of a crime or offense


    The judge considered the defendant's difficult upbringing as a mitigating factor in sentencing.

  • mitigation measures

    actions taken to reduce the severity or impact of a problem or risk


    The city implemented mitigation measures to prevent flooding in low-lying areas.

  • a system in which developers can purchase credits from conservation banks to offset the environmental impact of their projects


    The company invested in mitigation banking to compensate for the destruction of wetlands caused by their construction project.

Origins of mitigate

from Latin 'mitigare', meaning 'to soften, make mild'


Summary: mitigate in Brief

To 'mitigate' [ˈmɪtɪɡeɪt] means to make something less severe, harmful, or painful. It can also refer to lessening the gravity of an offense or mistake. Examples include taking medication to mitigate pain, implementing measures to mitigate environmental impact, and apologizing to mitigate damage caused by remarks. Phrases include 'mitigating circumstances/factors,' 'mitigation measures,' and 'mitigation banking.' Synonyms include 'alleviate,' 'lessen,' and 'reduce.'