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English definition of “mitigate”

mitigate

verb [T]     /ˈmɪt.ɪ.ɡeɪt/ US  /ˈmɪt̬-/ formal
to make something less harmful, unpleasant, or bad: It is unclear how to mitigate the effects of tourism on the island.Making things betterBecoming better
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