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English definition of “mitigate”

mitigate

verb [T]
 
 
/ˈmɪtɪɡeɪt/ formal
to make something less harmful, unpleasant, or bad: technologies that can mitigate global warmingmitigate damage/risk The company was criticized for failing to mitigate risks at the plant.mitigate the effects/impact of sth There isn't much more we can do to mitigate the negative effects of rising oil prices.
mitigating circumstances LAW situations that are not an excuse for a crime, but that a court of law may consider to be important enough to reduce the blame or punishment of the accused person: The judge said that there were no mitigating circumstances that would result in a lesser punishment.
(Definition of mitigate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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