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mitigate

mit·i·gate

mitigate

 
pronunciation:
mI tih geIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: mitigated, mitigates, mitigating
definition: to lessen the force or impact of.
The fact that the boys were trying to return what they'd stolen mitigated their punishment to some degree.
synonyms:
abate, allay, moderate, modify, palliate, quell, temper
antonyms:
aggravate, intensify
similar words:
alleviate, appease, assuage, blunt, buff, buffer, diminish, lessen, lighten, mollify, reduce, relieve, soothe
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become less forceful or severe.
synonyms:
abate, diminish, ease up, moderate, subside
similar words:
decrease, lessen, let up, lighten, relent
derivations: mitigatedly (adv.), mitigation (n.), mitigator (n.)