July 05, 2013
mitigate (verb)
\MIT-uh-gayt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to make less severe
How do you use it?
The team members tried to come up with a good excuse that might mitigate their punishment for missing the game.
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Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "mitigate"?

If you picked B, "relieve," you'll be relieved to know it's the right answer. "Mitigate" suggests a moderating of the effect of something painful. ("Opponents sought to mitigate the harsh law.") "Relieve," meanwhile, implies a lifting of enough of a burden to make it tolerable. ("He took an aspirin to relieve the pain.") Another synonym, "alleviate," indicates temporary or partial lessening of pain or distress ("Ointment alleviated the itching.") "Allay" implies a calming or soothing of fears or alarms. ("She allayed their fears."). "Assuage" suggests softening or sweetening what is harsh or disagreeable. ("Ocean breezes assuaged the intense heat.)
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