\ 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

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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 Although many of those infected may experience only mild symptoms or none at all, California health officials have warned that a sizable slice, about 12%, will fall ill enough to require hospitalization within a few weeks after they are exposed. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County hospitals are losing the battle against COVID-19 surge as problems multiply," 6 Jan. 2021 Senate President Matt Huffman experienced mild symptoms before the new year and is doing well, spokesperson John Fortney said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Country venue blues, ice shanty dining, turkey sightings: News from around our 50 states," 5 Jan. 2021 Asymptomatic carriers and people with mild symptoms slipped through the nets. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, "The Plague Year," 28 Dec. 2020 Often, patients with mild symptoms refuse the therapy after being offered it, doctors say. Sarah Toy, WSJ, "Highly Touted Monoclonal Antibody Therapies Sit Unused in Hospitals," 27 Dec. 2020 Mark Cheatham, who at first only developed mild symptoms such as a sore throat and earache before being hospitalized, was soon put on a ventilator after suffering extreme shortness of breath, a dangerous symptom of the virus. NBC News, "Kentucky family loses 3 members to Covid-19 in weeks before Christmas," 24 Dec. 2020 The governor is experiencing mild symptoms, including a cough and slight fatigue, his office said Tuesday. Vivian Jones, Washington Examiner, "McMaster tests positive for COVID-19, experiences mild symptoms," 23 Dec. 2020 Her Democratic rival in the South Carolina race, Rep. Joe Cunningham, also got coronavirus back in March but experienced mild symptoms. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, "Rep.-elect Nancy Mace still recovering from June coronavirus bout: 'I was really, really sick'," 21 Dec. 2020 Most people who contract the virus recover, and many have only mild symptoms or none at all. Rachel Leingang, AZCentral.com, "15 ways COVID-19 made its mark on Arizona in 2020," 21 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of mild was before the 12th century

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12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Mild.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mild. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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