\ 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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When suffered in childhood, mumps generally is mild. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Suspected mumps outbreak hits Harris County Jail," 11 June 2019 Tannenbaum said any weakening of the economy will be much milder than the last time. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Could a trade war trigger the next recession, and how would that impact Colorado?," 9 June 2019 To say that the two are good together in Long Shot is too mild. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "Charlize Theron Is in Control—and Funny as Hell," 1 May 2019 While some people have no symptoms or very mild symptoms, others may have intense pain, numbness, muscle weakness, or a tingling sensation. Korin Miller, SELF, "New York Mets Player David Wright Announced He's Retiring Due to Spinal Stenosis," 4 Oct. 2018 Alyssa prefers to compare the difficulty of a craft to salsa flavors, as in mild, medium, and spicy—which makes this project is a clear medium. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Your Next D.I.Wine Night Is Planned, and You're Making Rock Vases," 21 Sep. 2018 This is why sterile flowers are important to gardens in mild climates where every seed will sprout and flourish. Maureen Gilmer, sacbee, "For gorgeous blooms in the summer heat, you can’t beat lantanas," 22 June 2018 Medical researchers not involved in the study expressed a range of high to very mild skepticism about the validity of the study due almost entirely to its small size. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Tuberculosis Vaccine Could Reverse Type 1 Diabetes, Study Shows," 21 June 2018 Their competing offers to fight were largely greeted with either enthusiasm or very mild mockery. Kashana Cauley, The New Republic, "A Culture of Violent White Guys," 29 Mar. 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 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


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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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