\ 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency-use authorization for the drug to treat mild to moderate covid-19 in people at high risk of severe disease. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 21 May 2022 The warmth — not oven heat like the 2007 PGA in August — and mild wind led to ideal scoring, though Southern Hills still had enough defense. Dave Skretta, Chicago Tribune, 20 May 2022 But there is no proof yet that the virus — which usually causes mild upset stomach — is behind the liver inflammation. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 20 May 2022 This one from La Roche Posay effectively removes excess dirt and clears blackheads, whiteheads, and mild imperfections to leave skin feeling refreshed and even. Cristina Montemayor, SELF, 20 May 2022 As a reminder, Paxlovid received emergency use authorization (EUA) back on December 22, 2021, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for those 12 years and older with mild-to-moderate Covid-19. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 20 May 2022 Dimon said there’s a 66% chance that the U.S. will either end up in a mild recession or something even worse in a May 4 interview with Bloomberg. Will Daniel, Fortune, 20 May 2022 One mild irritation is that at startup, the system defaults to the rather pointless home screen that shows a clock and nothing else. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 20 May 2022 And some studies find that even children who have a mild illness may experience symptoms for months. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, 19 May 2022 See More

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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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24 May 2022

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“Mild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for mild


\ 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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