Definition of mitigate :
1. To make less severe, intense, harsh, rigorous, painful, etc.; to soften; to meliorate; to alleviate; to diminish; to lessen; as, to mitigate heat or cold; to mitigate grief.
2. To make mild and accessible; to mollify; - applied to persons.
alleviate (part of speech: verb)
vindicate (part of speech: verb)
qualify (part of speech: verb)
- Pitt did his best to induce the King to mitigate the penalty in accordance with the unanimous recommendation of the court- martial; but George was inflexible, and reminded Pitt that he had himself taught the Sovereign to seek outside the House of Commons for the judgment of the English people. - "A History of the Four Georges, Volume II (of 4)", Justin McCarthy.
- The government has done very much by irrigation schemes and by the building of railways to mitigate this evil. - "Indiaâ€™s Problem Krishna or Christ", John P. Jones.
- We considered this find a clear indication that instead of a stove fired with wood we should, according to the custom of the Polar races, use oil- lamps to mitigate the severe cold which deprived our stay in Tintinyaranga of part of its pleasure. - "The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II", A.E. Nordenskieold.