\ 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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You'll be met with mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine, art, and historic homes. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "These Are the 5 Best Cities to Visit in January, Based on Flight Prices," 11 Dec. 2018 Among those receiving medical treatment was a 20-year-old Canadian man with mild traumatic injuries from being trampled, the officials from the Navarra regional government said in a statement. Fox News, "One gored, 3 trampled in Spain's running of the bulls festival," 7 July 2018 The statement said that only one of those evacuated so far had been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury: the first employee who was evacuated in April after complaining of health issues caused by the sounds and sensations. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "More Americans Evacuated From China Over Mysterious Ailments," 30 June 2018 Our weather mirrors that with fair skies and mild temperatures. Hartford Courant,, "Fair Skies And Mild Temperatures Sunday," 9 June 2018 Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the American employee had shown clinical findings similar to patients with mild traumatic brain injury, known commonly as a concussion. Yanan Wang,, "China says no reason found for US staffer’s sonic condition," 25 May 2018 The way the Schlegels tackle these questions is where the pleasure and mild provocation of Howards End comes in. Kat Stoeffel, The Cut, "Howards End Is the Anti–Handmaid’s Tale," 17 May 2018 Teams want the best weather and track conditions to go fast, and generally that means mild temperatures, some cloud cover and little wind. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Everything you need to know about Indy 500 qualifying," 14 May 2018 Society members and their guests enjoyed the mild evening temperatures, conversation, cuisine by Laura Arrowood and music from pianist Jeffrey Pounds. Sue Strachan,, "Huguenots Society salutes heritage at seasonal soiree," 8 May 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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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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to gather or build up little by little

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