mitigate

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin mītigātus, from mītigō, from mītis ‎(ripe, mature) + agō ‎(do, make), from Proto-Indo-European *meH1i ‎(mild, soft).[1]

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mitigate ‎(third-person singular simple present mitigates, present participle mitigating, simple past and past participle mitigated)

  1. (transitive) To reduce, lessen, or decrease.
  2. (transitive) To downplay.

Usage notes[edit]

Particularly used as mitigate a problem or flaw. Contrast with ameliorate ‎(make better).

This word is often misused to mean “operate” or “influence”. For this meaning the correct word is militate, followed by “against” or “in favour of”. Mitigate is never followed by these expressions.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ mitigate” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

mitigate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of mitigare
  2. second-person plural imperative of mitigare
  3. feminine plural of mitigato

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Participle[edit]

mītigāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of mītigātus