\ ˈmī(-ə)ld \

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 \ adverb
mildness \ˈmī(-ə)l(d)-nəs \ 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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Sightings seemed to generally stem from the south of France, where the summers are rainy and the winters are milder. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Discover Giant Worms Invaded France Almost 20 Years Ago," 23 May 2018 Among the other issues are that tropical milkweed continues blooming and retains its foliage into the winter if the weather is mild. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A.’s 4 best butterfly-attracting plants," 4 May 2018 Alas, our winters are too mild for either to be successful down here. Dan Gill,, "Keep these plants out of your South Louisiana garden," 17 Mar. 2018 In other words, the cores indicate the volcanic winter never took place, or was mild enough not to show up in the sediment record. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Humans Weathered the Toba Supervolcano Just Fine," 14 Mar. 2018 As Twitter insults go, the one by Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, a journalist in Washington, was pretty mild. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Twitter Blockees Go To Court," 27 Feb. 2018 But the fiddle-leaf seems to require bright, indirect light with some direct exposure to milder, early morning sun. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Houseplant advice for the millennial (or anyone) who doesn’t have a green thumb," 11 July 2018 Symptoms of West Nile are typically mild, and an epidemiologist with the Montgomery County Public Health District noted that 80 percent of those who contract the disease will show no symptoms. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Montgomery County officials find 38 cases of mosquitoes with West Nile Virus; urge taking precautions," 6 July 2018 These nonhormonal early versions probably worked by interfering with ovulation, fertilization, or implantation by causing mild inflammation of the endometrium. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018

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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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Phrases Related to mild

to put it mildly

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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 \
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
mildness noun


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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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