to put it mildly

Definition of to put it mildly

used to say that a statement is actually an understatement and that the thing referred to is actually larger, more important, more serious, etc.
  • It was a difficult experience, to put it mildly.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

mild play mildly
  1. : gentle in nature or behavior

  2. : moderate in action or effect

  3. : not sharp, spicy, or bitter


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