\ 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

Early tailgaters will enjoy a warm, sunny afternoon with a high of 86, followed by a mild, late-summer night. Los Angeles Times, "USC vs. Fresno State weather forecast: Balmy with a light breeze," 30 Aug. 2019 The weather is milder, the crowds are gone and hotel rates are more reasonable. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Top 8 San Diego beaches to discover this fall," 30 Aug. 2019 Jonathan Bullard, the 2016 third-round pick, was the most surprising cut, and even that was mild, given how Nichols immediately passed him on the depth chart last season. Dan Wiederer,, "The Bears 53-man roster is set — for now. Here’s a detailed breakdown plus analysis from our team of reporters," 30 Aug. 2019 So in general, for your tummy’s sake, the ideal nighttime snack is going to be smaller, milder, lower in fat and fiber, and eaten a couple hours before bed. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Is Late-Night Snacking Really So Wrong?," 23 Aug. 2019 Winters are mild, with just enough snow to enchant adults and give the kids some days off from school. Mona Charen, National Review, "Life in D.C.," 22 Aug. 2019 Are the contractions irregular, mild, and don't get stronger or closer together as time progresses? Jessica Migala,, "5 Signs of Labor That Are Not False Alarms," 24 July 2019 Questions about the charge were plentiful, but any criticism was mild. Brian Macquarrie,, "At bustling summer getaway, Patriots’ Patrick Chung kept a low profile," 23 Aug. 2019 The response from both sides of the Congressional aisle was surprisingly mild. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Trump asking Israel to punish opponents an abuse of power," 21 Aug. 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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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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