mild

adjective
\ 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

Fiery Hen, Downtown, from the owner of Court Street Lobster Bar, serves Nashville hot chicken at heat levels from mild to incendiary and a good hot catfish sandwich. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati restaurant openings and closings of 2019," 11 July 2019 Most people in Anderson and Petranker’s survey report mild side-effects. Catherine Ryan Gregory, Marie Claire, "The Trip of a Lifetime," 9 July 2019 Several years before the analysis of insurance claims data, Pfizer provided Enbrel at no cost for a six-month clinical trial studying treatment in 41 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s (20 who received the drug, 21 who received a placebo). Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Colorado Alzheimer’s researchers shift focus after failures; begin testing leukemia medicine as treatment," 6 July 2019 Several years before the analysis of insurance claims data, Pfizer provided Enbrel at no cost for a six-month clinical trial studying treatment in 41 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s (20 who received the drug, 21 who received a placebo). Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, "Alzheimer’s research is getting a reboot at small companies focused on the immune system," 5 July 2019 Aspergillosis can range from mild to serious, manifesting as an allergic reaction or infections in the lungs and other organs. CBS News, "Seattle Children's Hospital mold infections leave one dead, force closure of most operating rooms," 3 July 2019 In addition to topical preparations, oral niacinamide supplements have been shown to reduce inflammation associated with mild to moderate rosacea and acne, particularly when oral antibiotics aren’t an option. A.a. Newton, SELF, "Here’s What Niacinamide Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Skin," 8 May 2019 Stimulant medication is the first line of treatment for adult ADHD and has the greatest margins of efficacy with only mild tolerable side effects. Rene Hernandez-cardenache, Psy.d., M.s. Ed., miamiherald, "A focus on distraction: A closer look at adult ADHD," 2 July 2018 The fastest way to the top of the trending page is to create your own mini-backlash; mild enough to not leave lasting damage, but annoying enough that everyone wants to get in on the fun. Luke Winkie, Vox, "Ad campaigns and new products like Charmin’s “Forever” roll and IHOb drum up internet outrage. That’s the point.," 27 June 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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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 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

mild

adjective
\ 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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