\ 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 Qatar experienced a similar decline in effectiveness against mild and moderate disease, according to another recent study. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2021 In fact, in a study of more than 1,200 pregnant people who tested positive for COVID before vaccines became available and before the advent of the Delta variant, nearly 75 percent either had no symptoms or only mild disease. Carolyn Barber, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2021 By comparing each participant to their uninfected baseline metrics, researchers detected infection with up to 92% accuracy and distinguished between mild and moderate disease with up to 90% accuracy. Maddie Bender, STAT, 1 Oct. 2021 The majority of vaccines are not designed to prevent infection, or even prevent mild disease, they are designed to address a public health threat. Stephen Thomas, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 The authors stressed that although the number of such incidents was higher among the elderly and those with more severe initial illness, people who had suffered a mild disease, children and young adults also experienced long Covid. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 Skeptics of large-scale boosting argue that the COVID-19 vaccines were designed to prevent severe hospitalization and death, while third shots seem more likely to offer (temporary) protection against infection and mild disease. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2021 But even mild disease can force someone out of work for a week or longer. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Sep. 2021 In some regions, the onslaught has overwhelmed pediatricians who were already facing an abnormally large wave of RSV, a mild, cold-like disease that typically increases in the fall and winter. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 20 Sep. 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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“Mild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 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


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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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