Definition of mild in English:

mild

adjective

  • 1(of a rule or punishment) of only moderate severity.

    ‘he received a mild sentence’
    • ‘But the routine checks by the watchdogs have been poor, and punishment has been too mild.’
    • ‘This bill came back to the House with a meek and mild penalty regime.’
    • ‘Also these rules amount to a mild penalty, which induces the players to remain attentive.’
    • ‘Those found guilty received relatively mild sentences, no more than two years' imprisonment, in most cases suspended.’
    • ‘Such men are far too important to spend their time on foot patrol, and indeed in some forces such duty is used as a mild punishment.’
    • ‘Smallville had really been a very mild punishment, hadn't it?’
    • ‘Jays attempted to avoid such delays, which served as mild punishment.’
    • ‘Even the death penalty was too mild for something like that.’
    • ‘Although they are the only defendants who might, by virtue of their occupations, have had access to state secrets, they received comparatively mild sentences.’
    • ‘These sentences may appear strikingly mild by today's standards.’
    • ‘This was mild punishment when one considers what happened to the monk Giordano Bruno.’
    • ‘‘The penalty is too mild to really curb the big power thefts,’ it said.’
    • ‘The child receives the reward when he performs the desired behavior and a mild penalty when he doesn't.’
    • ‘Madam Harzecrass sat me down in her office at the end of my extraordinarily mild punishment.’
    • ‘Positive reinforcement alone might be ineffective unless it is combined with mild punishers.’
    • ‘Good parents used very little and only mild punishments.’
    • ‘I would not put it past him to make me run the distance as a mild sort of punishment for leaving the palace.’
    • ‘And penalties for violating the law are so mild that companies routinely and deliberately break it.’
    lenient, clement, light
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    1. 1.1 (of an illness or pain) not serious or dangerous.
      • ‘Visual impairment varies from mild to severe depending on the type of optic atrophy.’
      • ‘The patient experiences a decrease in vision that can be mild or severe depending on the amount of corneal tissue affected.’
      • ‘These include staff working with thousands of children with mild and severe learning difficulties, including serious behavioural problems.’
      • ‘Some people may have mild or moderate symptoms and we often like to look at this in terms of severity from mild to moderate and severe.’
      • ‘His view was that JJ had cognitive impairment of mild to moderate severity.’
      • ‘She'd had mild pain for some time, but put this down to back problems.’
      • ‘It's a fairly mild pain, I'd say (especially over fleshy areas), but it's ongoing.’
      • ‘Aside from occasional ear infections and a few mild illnesses, Zachery was an extremely healthy baby and toddler.’
      • ‘Patients with mild symptoms usually receive topical treatments while the more severe cases are treated with ultraviolet light three times a week.’
      • ‘It is usually a mild illness that may last for about two days.’
      • ‘For most patients with depression of mild to moderate severity, psychotherapy and antidepressants appear equally effective.’
      • ‘The disease sometimes produces mild flu-like symptoms but can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and kidney failure.’
      • ‘Every injury is unique and effects can range from mild to severe and disabling.’
      • ‘In 20 percent of cases, mild flu-like symptoms are experienced.’
      • ‘Nearly one year ago, he experienced what he thought was a mild illness.’
      • ‘Cholera can be mild or even without symptoms, but a severe case can lead to death without immediate treatment.’
      • ‘Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds to the point of mild discomfort but not pain.’
      • ‘It's called multiple because many scattered areas of the brain and spinal cord may be affected and symptoms can be mild or severe and come and go unpredictably.’
      • ‘Like other forms of depression, the symptoms of SAD can be mild, severe, or anywhere in between.’
      • ‘These symptoms can range from mild cases to severe ones, which could lead to death.’
      • ‘The affected brain cells die and the parts of the body they control stop working properly, causing everything from brain damage, mild to severe paralysis, slurring of the speech and even death.’
      • ‘Treatment is not painless but the mild pain doesn't last beyond a week at the most and when you look at that new you in the mirror, consider it worth the trouble.’
      • ‘Asthma is an illness that varies hugely in severity, from mild to potentially fatal.’
      • ‘The intensity of the pain can vary from experiencing mild discomfort to a pain severe enough to interfere with day-to-day activities.’
      • ‘This condition may be mild, severe, or even chronic.’
      • ‘The sprays are good for asthma of mild to moderate severity, and there are hundreds of patients who carry the machine with them at all times.’
      • ‘Deep palpation of the right upper abdominal quadrant caused mild discomfort and pain.’
      • ‘It was found in Brazilian rabbits, where it causes only mild illness, but it was lethal to European rabbits.’
      • ‘Entering the quiet room, a severe contrast to the mild roar outside, he approached the main desk and waited for the secretary to get off the phone.’
      • ‘These effects are of greater magnitude in those with mild or moderate disease severity.’
      • ‘The degree of dyslexia can range from mild to severe.’
      • ‘The rest had reduced counts ranging from mild to severe.’
      • ‘Most who are infected never even know they had the virus and those who do feel sick usually have only mild illness.’
      • ‘The condition can be mild, moderate or severe, so its effects can vary from causing a limp to preventing a person from walking.’
      • ‘It can be serious or mild depending on your luck.’
      • ‘The first causes mild illness, sometimes expressed only as ruffled feathers or reduced egg production.’
      • ‘Are the boy's symptoms due to serious or mild illness?’
      • ‘In moderate poisoning, the symptoms listed for mild poisoning become more severe.’
      • ‘The lameness might be mild or more severe, causing the bird to stop perching with the foot or stop using the limb.’
      • ‘The effects of hay fever can range from being quite mild to having serious effects on your normal daily life.’
      lenient, clement, light
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    2. 1.2 (of weather) moderately warm, especially less cold than expected.
      ‘it is still mild enough to work outdoors’
      • ‘Plants suffer most when warm / mild weather is suddenly replaced with cold.’
      • ‘Ireland doesn't have an extreme climate: the weather is normally mild throughout these winter months.’
      • ‘In the Mediterranean region the weather is mild and rainy in the winter and dry and very hot in the summer.’
      • ‘This winter's mild weather has resulted in early army cutworm activity again this year.’
      • ‘During unusually mild winter weather and during the summer, the jet stream retreats northward into Canada.’
      • ‘Tropical continental air is very dry and tends to bring very warm weather during the summer and unseasonably mild weather during the winter.’
      • ‘However, the mild weather during late winter and early spring has resulted in the early hatching of over-wintered Nematodirus eggs.’
      • ‘To control plant size and shape, prune in winter in mild climates.’
      • ‘The winter weather is unseasonably mild under blue sky.’
      • ‘The climate is mild and humid throughout the year, with a dry and cold season from November to March.’
      • ‘The weather is mild - warm days, cool nights, and not much rain.’
      • ‘Expect fireworks in what should be mild weather at game time in Kansas City.’
      • ‘For winter bloom (in mild climates), mix in plenty of calendula, pansies, primroses, or violas.’
      • ‘In May, weather is mild enough to begin planting tropicals (hibiscus, mandevilla).’
      • ‘However, the mild weather did not persist, and bitter cold accompanied by severe storms characterized much of March and April.’
      • ‘The weather was mild to hot and humid, with partly cloudy to cloudy skies.’
      • ‘The temperate climate has mild to warm summers and cool winters.’
      • ‘This is because shallow ponds warm faster than deep lakes during the spurts of mild weather in February and early March.’
      • ‘This mild climate can be attributed to several factors.’
      • ‘October has come round again and the weather is still mild, with the cold snap we had last weekend coming as a shock.’
      warm, balmy, equable, temperate, gentle, soft, moderate, favourable, clement
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    3. 1.3 (of a feeling) not intense or extreme.
      ‘she looked at him in mild surprise’
      • ‘I stared at it for fifteen minutes in a state of mild alarm, wondering what it might say, or who it could be from.’
      • ‘Looking up into his eyes, she saw a mixture of emotions ranging from mild irritation to sadness to fear to confusion.’
      • ‘Ketones can create a mild feeling of euphoria which is the high frequently associated with fasting.’
      • ‘From mild irritation to intense rage, anger increases the heart rate and blood pressure.’
      • ‘The technician's face was stuck between mild agitation and intense curiosity.’
      • ‘There is an instant change from mild anger and heavy annoyance to startled astonishment and disbelief.’
      • ‘And just as different PC pests annoy people in different ways, so our reactions vary from mild annoyance to extreme anger.’
      • ‘Another session examines ways to establish relaxation as our ‘default’ mode in preference to our customary states of stress and mild panic.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, after uttering that word, most roll their eyes or curl their upper lip in mild disgust and just plain lose interest in the conversation.’
      • ‘Effects can range from mild feelings of stress and anxiety, to bouts of severe depression or even violent urges.’
      • ‘The pretty green eyes didn't hold a trace of disgust or annoyance, just mild interest and a spark of something close to fear.’
      • ‘They showed only mild interest in my presence - but no fear.’
      • ‘From an emotional point of view, they may experience mild feelings, but never take the initiative to minimize or prevent the problem.’
      • ‘The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture.’
      • ‘In a mood of mild astonishment, I have to admit that the relationship lasted 30 years, perhaps more.’
      • ‘I am in a ‘sorting out mild irritations’ mood today.’
      • ‘I strip everything down and look at it from every angle in order to find out why my response is mild annoyance or absolute rage.’
      • ‘Anger is an emotional state that varies in intensity, ranging from mild irritation to violent rage.’
      • ‘She shook her head, pushing aside the mild feeling of the room spinning.’
      • ‘My session produced little more than a mild feeling of relaxation, and a twenty minute burst of calm a few hours later was the only tangible effect.’
      slight, faint, vague, minimal, half-hearted, paltry, meagre, superficial, nominal, token, feeble, indifferent, imperceptible
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    4. 1.4 (of a medicine or cosmetic) acting gently and without causing harm.
      • ‘Paracetomal is a relatively safe mild analgesic, with very few known side-effects.’
      • ‘Biopsies can be uncomfortable and you may be given a mild sedative or local anaesthetic.’
      • ‘Some analgesics combine both mild non-opioid drugs such as aspirin or paracetamol, with a small amount of opioid in a single tablet.’
      • ‘Short bursts of a potent topical steroid is just as effective as prolonged use of a mild preparation for treating atopic eczema.’
      • ‘That started back around month 2 of chemotherapy, and my oncologist had prescribed some mild sedatives to help in this regard.’
      • ‘Because it may act as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system, some may classify caffeine as addictive.’
      • ‘Most patients require only mild analgesics, such as acetaminophen, for the first several days after surgery.’
      • ‘The doctor can give a mild sedative or spray some anaesthetic on the back of your throat beforehand.’
      • ‘Clean the piercing 1 to 2 times daily using a mild liquid antimicrobial medicated soap.’
      • ‘Patients only need a mild sedative, and go home from the hospital the next day.’
      • ‘Dr. Schafer uses a local anesthetic combined with a mild intravenous sedative before making an incision a few millimeters long under each arm.’
      • ‘Hart explains that the gas acts as a mild analgesic and a sedative.’
      • ‘It is a mild stimulant and is potentially addictive, but harmless.’
      • ‘In the absence of key comparisons with mild corticosteroids, the clinical need for topical pimecrolimus is unclear.’
      • ‘Some women find that avoiding caffeine, sticking to a low salt diet, or taking aspirin or mild analgesics may help.’
      • ‘Skincare specialists the world over know this, which is why while prescribing medicine for any skin problems, they use a mild tranquilizer containing drugs.’
      • ‘A range of ointments is available that contain local anaesthetics, mild astringents, or steroids.’
      • ‘General anesthesia is not needed, but you may be given a mild sedative to help you relax.’
    5. 1.5 (of food, drink, or tobacco) not sharp, hot, or strong in flavor.
      ‘a mild Italian cheese’
      • ‘Farmer's Cheese, Monterey Jack or a mild cheddar are suitable substitutes.’
      • ‘This one had a good texture but there was a lingering chemical aftertaste to this mild cheese.’
      • ‘When your appetite returns, eat mild foods such as rice, dry toast, or bananas.’
      • ‘This hit the spot for me and the mild cheese and spinach acted as a good foil to the punchy pesto and distinctive asparagus.’
      • ‘The effect of the hot tea bag, and still-warm mug, is to take the chill off the milk - and impregnate it with a mild tea flavour.’
      • ‘Miro's favorite food, the onions will be grilled over a fire of vine cuttings and accompanied by a mild sauce, a traditional Salsa Colorada.’
      • ‘The eatery serves spicy and mild vegetables and meats with tasty soft flat bread called injere.’
      • ‘Our pasta festival continued with a mound of linguine vongole, a mild tomato sauce simmered with garlic and shallots and peppered with pieces of clam.’
      • ‘These onion adolescents add a mild onion flavor to food.’
      • ‘Go for long walks, avoid caffeine, and eat mild food.’
      • ‘The brat was cooked through and not greasy, but it tasted more like a mild sausage dog.’
      • ‘But I regret opting for the mild spice on my steak.’
      • ‘First comes a poached egg presented on a puff pastry shell, sitting atop a pool of mild tomato sauce.’
      • ‘Traditionally a masaman curry is quite mild in its flavour.’
      • ‘Slow simmering of whole cloves in liquids such as stocks, soups and stews releases a mild garlic flavor.’
      • ‘Shepherd's purse leaves, which have a mild mustard flavour, have been used as a green vegetable in many regions.’
      • ‘An appetizer of grilled polenta in tomato sauce was so mild that it was more like plain porridge than something meant to stimulate the appetite.’
      • ‘My favorite foods are mild chicken wings, fries, and turkey sandwiches.’
      • ‘With the beef came four dips: three were mayonnaise-based - flavoured with mustard, mild curry or lime - and a tomato salsa.’
      • ‘We decided to let the chips fall as they may and not indicate our spiciness preference, and as it turned out, the food was mild for the most part.’
      bland, insipid, flavourless, tasteless, savourless, spiceless
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  • 2Gentle and not easily provoked.

    ‘she was implacable, despite her mild exterior’
    • ‘Ann was a lady of gentle and mild disposition who was very well liked in the area.’
    • ‘They no longer want to deal with you, they want to deal with the meek and mild mums and dads who will sit there and pretty much do what they're told.’
    • ‘His mild manner, gentle graciousness, and total dedication to mathematics leave an indelible impression on all who have gotten to know him.’
    • ‘A man of mild and gentle disposition, he was a fine neighbour and good friend to all.’
    • ‘And yes, the feelings were still there, but very mild and gentle.’
    • ‘He set down his fork with an awful finality, a sign that had always heralded the start of an argument, but his voice was mild.’
    • ‘He was mild and gentle, and when he prayed in his dining room he shook and swayed, and kissed the prayerbook when he was done.’
    • ‘His voice was mild, but his eyes were challenging.’
    • ‘The apparently mild exterior and the guileless blue eyes mask a single-minded determination to carve out a successful career.’
    • ‘Alexander curbed his annoyance and continued in a calm, mild voice.’
    • ‘One moment he's bold, the next he's mild and gentle, then a wild child again.’
    • ‘Far from being meek, mild and modest, librarians hide beneath their demure appearance hot and passionate personalities.’
    • ‘Sure, vegetables have that pure, clean feel to them: thin, mild, gentle flavours that make you feel thin, mild, and gentle.’
    • ‘Vieira delivers this so-strident assertion with so mild a voice.’
    • ‘For some it is the shock, for some it is spontaneity in a gentle and mild way.’
    • ‘His voice, which was always mild and gentle, suddenly became harsh.’
    • ‘Although his contemporaries describe him as a mild and gentle person, his addresses and essays say No!’
    • ‘He hasn't a charismatic figure or a flamboyant style, but he is definitely mild, modest and mellow.’
    • ‘His voice was mild, but his cobalt eyes were ice.’
    • ‘Her gentle, good humoured and obliging nature, mild manner and unassuming disposition commended her to all fortunate enough to make her acquaintance.’
    gentle, tender, soft, soft-hearted, tender-hearted, sensitive, sympathetic, warm, warm-hearted, unassuming, conciliatory, placid, meek, modest, docile, calm, tranquil, serene, peaceful, peaceable, pacific, good-natured, amiable, affable, genial, easy, easy-going, mellow
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Origin

Old English milde (originally in the sense ‘gracious, not severe in command’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German mild, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin mollis and Greek malthakos ‘soft’.

Pronunciation

mild

/maɪld//mīld/