mild

adjective
\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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Relatively mild weather and a massive effort to pump out water created a window of opportunity. Anchorage Daily News, "With V-for-Victory sign, rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom," 12 July 2018 Relatively mild weather and a massive effort to pump out water created a window of opportunity. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, BostonGlobe.com, "Kids rescued in Thailand lost weight, drank dripping water in cave," 11 July 2018 Relatively mild weather and a massive effort to pump out water created a window of opportunity. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, chicagotribune.com, "Hospital: Kids rescued from flooded cave in Thailand lost weight, drank dripping water," 11 July 2018 Thailand's decision to dive the boys out despite their weak condition and lack of diving experience was made when a window of opportunity was provided by relatively mild weather. Stephen Wright, Fox News, "AP Interview: US rescuer details high-risk Thai cave mission," 11 July 2018 But Thai officials, acutely aware the monsoon rains could trap the boys for months, seized a window of opportunity provided by relatively mild weather. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, Houston Chronicle, "'Everyone is safe' after daring rescue of 13 in Thai cave," 11 July 2018 Thailand's decision to dive the boys out despite their weak condition and lack of diving experience was made when a window of opportunity was provided by relatively mild weather. Stephen Wright, The Christian Science Monitor, "US Air Force rescue specialist details 'once in a lifetime rescue' in Thai cave," 11 July 2018 But Thai officials, acutely aware the monsoon rains could trap the boys for months, seized a window of opportunity provided by relatively mild weather. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, The Seattle Times, "‘Everyone is safe’ after daring rescue of 13 in Thai cave," 10 July 2018 County officials accelerated the project, agreed to pay overtime for weekend work, and crews had mild winter weather. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County dedicates new public safety complex," 26 June 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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The first known use of mild was before the 12th century

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mild

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mild

: gentle in nature or behavior

: not strong in action or effect

: not strong or harsh in taste

mild

adjective
\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

mild

adjective
\ˈmī(ə)ld \

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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