\ 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 mildly (audio) \ adverb
mildness \ ˈmī(-​ə)l(d)-​nəs How to pronounce mildness (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 The side effects were mostly mild, including irritation at the injection site, low blood pressure, and fever. Damian Garde, STAT, "A new treatment promises to make little people taller. Is it an insult to ‘dwarf pride’?," 18 Nov. 2019 Even the mildest, simplest procedures have an amount of risk greater than zero, and the amount gets higher among exactly the population that needs the most diagnostic testing over time. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Stretchy, Degradable Semiconductors Are the Future of Everything," 14 Nov. 2019 Symptoms can be serious, mild, or nonexistent Some people won’t have their first herpes outbreak for months or years after transmission. Julia Naftulin And Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Why Herpes Isn't as Bad as You Think (and a Lot More Common)," 7 Nov. 2019 Courtly and polite, Peterson speaks with a mild, Muppet-y voice, yet can’t resist being nettlesome: Kermit the Firebrand. Kyle Smith, National Review, "An Introduction to Jordan Peterson," 30 Oct. 2019 White soy sauce, or shiro shoyu, is mild, light and sweeter tasting and made with primarily wheat and less soy bean. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Claire’s tip of the week: Sorting out soy sauce varieties," 25 Oct. 2019 The department said most illnesses caused by the virus have been mild, but moderate-to-severe central nervous system involvement has been reported, including fatal infections. USA TODAY, "Rare yellow cardinal sighted, escaped goat caught, fossilized bear skull found: News from around our 50 states," 18 Oct. 2019 Options are tomatillo, regular, classic, mild, spicy and habanero. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Here's the trick pros use to make massive bloody marys at Hash Kitchen in Phoenix," 17 Oct. 2019 Many would argue Birmingham doesn’t need or even warrant a top-tier team, thanks to the city’s not-so-mild obsession with college football (and college basketball on the rise). John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Are you a true Birmingham local? Answer these 15 questions," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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2 Dec 2019

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“Mild.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mild. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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How to pronounce mild (audio)

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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