Meaning of “mitigate” in the English Dictionary

"mitigate" in American English

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mitigateverb [ T ]

us /ˈmɪt̬·ɪˌɡeɪt/

to make something less severe or less unpleasant:

Getting a lot of sleep and drinking plenty of fluids can mitigate the effects of the flu.

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

"mitigate" in Business English

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mitigateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmɪtɪɡeɪt/ us formal

to make something less harmful, unpleasant, or bad:

technologies that can mitigate global warming
mitigate 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)