from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To moderate (a quality or condition) in force or intensity; alleviate. See Synonyms at relieve.
- intransitive v. To become milder.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To reduce, lessen, or decrease.
- v. To downplay.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make less severe, intense, harsh, rigorous, painful, etc.; to soften; to meliorate; to alleviate; to diminish; to lessen
- transitive v. To make mild and accessible; to mollify; -- applied to persons.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make milder or more tolerable; reduce in amount or degree, as something objectionable, reprehensible, distressing, harmful, etc.; moderate; alleviate; assuage.
- To soften; mollify; make mild and accessible.
- Synonyms Alleviate, Relieve, etc. See alleviate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make less severe or harsh
- v. lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
Middle English mitigaten, from Latin mītigāre, mītigāt- : mītis, soft + agere, to drive, do; see act.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)