\ ˈmī(-ə)ld How to pronounce mild (audio) \

Definition of mild

1 : gentle in nature or behavior has a mild disposition
2a(1) : moderate in action or effect a mild sedative
(2) : not sharp, spicy, or bitter mild cheese mild ale
b : not being or involving what is extreme an analysis under mild conditions
3 : not severe : temperate a mild climate mild symptoms of disease

Other Words from mild

mildly \ mī(-​ə)l(d)-​lē How to pronounce mild (audio) \ adverb
mildness \ ˈmī(-​ə)l(d)-​nəs How to pronounce mild (audio) \ noun

Examples of mild in a Sentence

He has a mild manner. He was a mild-mannered man who rarely became angry. They had a mild disagreement. She has a mild case of the flu. He suffered a mild concussion attack. a mild reprimand, not a stern one We've been having a very mild winter.
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Recent Examples on the Web January got off to an unseasonably mild start, but temperatures didn’t last at the lofty levels long and now three weeks into the month temperatures are averaging close to one degree below normal., 22 Jan. 2022 That doesn’t mean today, or any days ahead are particularly mild. Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2022 On Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration expanded the use of the antiviral remdesivir for treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19 to children and people who aren't hospitalized. Steve Contorno, CNN, 22 Jan. 2022 As consensus solidified that schools should strive to stay open, the mutation riddled staff and students with often mild but isolation-inducing illness. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2022 The five-time Emmy Award-winning actress died on Dec. 31 at age 99 after suffering a mild stroke several days earlier. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 21 Jan. 2022 For large segments of the American population—older people, the unvaccinated, or those with multiple medical comorbidities—Omicron might turn out to be anything but mild. Clayton Dalton, The New Yorker, 21 Jan. 2022 Most of the children had a reaction during treatment, mostly mild to moderate. Candice Choi, ajc, 21 Jan. 2022 That could be as a result of days-long fevers caused by COVID-19, longer than the single day of mild side effects seen after vaccination. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 21 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of mild

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mild

Middle English, from Old English milde; akin to Greek malthakos soft, Latin mollis — more at melt

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24 Jan 2022

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English Language Learners Definition of mild

: gentle in nature or behavior
: not strong in action or effect
: not strong or harsh in taste


\ ˈmīld How to pronounce mild (audio) \
milder; mildest

Kids Definition of mild

1 : gentle in personality or behavior a mild young man
2 : not strong or harsh in action or effect mild soap
3 : not sharp, spicy, or bitter mild cheese
4 : not extreme or severe mild weather a mild headache

Other Words from mild

mildly adverb spoke mildly


\ ˈmī(ə)ld How to pronounce mild (audio) \

Medical Definition of mild

1 : moderate in action or effect a mild drug
2 : not severe a mild case of the flu

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