\ 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 mild (audio) \ adverb
mildness \ ˈmī(-​ə)l(d)-​nəs How to pronounce mild (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 What’s known so far about breakthroughs is encouraging for the vaccination effort, scientists say, with current research indicating that people in breakthrough cases tend to be either asymptomatic or to have only mild symptoms. Fortune, "The CDC is limiting reviews of reported breakthrough COVID infections to severe cases," 10 May 2021 Among his own relatives, about 20 of whom live in the city, roughly 17 have had COVID, including Zaidi, who had a mild case himself in December. Erin Schumaker, ABC News, "A 'complete collapse' of preventive health: How India's 2nd COVID wave exploded," 29 Apr. 2021 As Fred Hampton, the redoubtable chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, in the late sixties, Kaluuya is neither mild nor mannered: his speechifying is blunt, electrifying, and, true to the title, messianic. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Oscars Spotlight: The 2021 Nominees for Best Actor," 13 Apr. 2021 Rather, their son, who about a month earlier was diagnosed with a mild case of COVID-19, had developed a rare, severe complication from the virus. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Doctors thought the teen had appendicitis. Instead, he had a rare COVID complication.," 22 Mar. 2021 But in mid-December, after a mild case of Covid-19, he was seized by a kind of psychosis that turned life into a nightmare. New York Times, "First Covid, Then Psychosis: ‘The Most Terrifying Thing I’ve Ever Experienced’," 22 Mar. 2021 State leaders feared resistance in Carver County — no parent or player wants to report a mild COVID-19 case that puts an entire team in lockdown — but found a community of school and sports leaders willing to pitch in. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "Mapping of Carver County outbreak unmasks how COVID spreads," 20 Mar. 2021 But, in general, a child who gets sick with COVID-19 is likely to have a fairly mild case and make a full recovery. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "I'm Vaccinated Against COVID-19, But My Kids Aren't. What's Safe for Us?," 18 Mar. 2021 Luckily, Taylor experienced a mild case and recovered relatively quickly, but his experience speaks to the reality incarcerated people all over the country and the world have been facing for more than a year. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "The Struggle to Vaccinate People in Jails and Prisons," 17 Mar. 2021

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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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12 May 2021

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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


\ 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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