Meaning of “mild” in the English Dictionary

"mild" in British English

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uk /maɪld/ us /maɪld/

mild adjective (SLIGHT)

C1 not violent, severe, or extreme:

She can't accept even mild criticism of her work.
He has suffered a mild heart attack - nothing too serious.

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  • Do you prefer mild or mature cheddar?
  • He's been a bit dizzy and confused since the accident. Do you think it's mild concussion?
  • This cream contains a mild analgesic to soothe stings and bites.
  • 'Idiot!' is a mild term of abuse .
  • Caffeine, which is found in coffee and tea, is a mild stimulant.

mild adjective (FOOD)

B2 used to describe food or a food flavour that is not very strong:

He doesn't like a hot curry - he prefers a mild one.
a mild chilli sauce

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noun [ U ] uk /ˈmaɪld.nəs/ us /ˈmaɪld.nəs/

mildness of manner

mildnoun [ U ]

uk /maɪld/ us /maɪld/

(Definition of “mild” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mild" in American English

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mildadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /mɑɪld/

not violent, severe, or extreme; slight or gentle:

a mild case of the flu
She has a very mild temperament.

If the flavor of food or a smell is described as mild, it is not very strong.

Mild weather is not very cold or not as cold as usual.

(Definition of “mild” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)