Definition of mild in English:

mild

adjective

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

    ‘he received a mild sentence’
    • ‘Also these rules amount to a mild penalty, which induces the players to remain attentive.’
    • ‘And penalties for violating the law are so mild that companies routinely and deliberately break it.’
    • ‘Madam Harzecrass sat me down in her office at the end of my extraordinarily mild punishment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the routine checks by the watchdogs have been poor, and punishment has been too mild.’
    • ‘I would not put it past him to make me run the distance as a mild sort of punishment for leaving the palace.’
    • ‘This bill came back to the House with a meek and mild penalty regime.’
    • ‘Those found guilty received relatively mild sentences, no more than two years' imprisonment, in most cases suspended.’
    • ‘Smallville had really been a very mild punishment, hadn't it?’
    • ‘Good parents used very little and only mild punishments.’
    • ‘Positive reinforcement alone might be ineffective unless it is combined with mild punishers.’
    • ‘This was mild punishment when one considers what happened to the monk Giordano Bruno.’
    • ‘Jays attempted to avoid such delays, which served as mild punishment.’
    • ‘Even the death penalty was too mild for something like that.’
    • ‘These sentences may appear strikingly mild by today's standards.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Although they are the only defendants who might, by virtue of their occupations, have had access to state secrets, they received comparatively mild sentences.’
    lenient, clement, light
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    1. 1.1 (of an illness or pain) not serious or dangerous.
      • ‘In moderate poisoning, the symptoms listed for mild poisoning become more severe.’
      • ‘Deep palpation of the right upper abdominal quadrant caused mild discomfort and pain.’
      • ‘This condition may be mild, severe, or even chronic.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Aside from occasional ear infections and a few mild illnesses, Zachery was an extremely healthy baby and toddler.’
      • ‘The first causes mild illness, sometimes expressed only as ruffled feathers or reduced egg production.’
      • ‘It's a fairly mild pain, I'd say (especially over fleshy areas), but it's ongoing.’
      • ‘These symptoms can range from mild cases to severe ones, which could lead to death.’
      • ‘These include staff working with thousands of children with mild and severe learning difficulties, including serious behavioural problems.’
      • ‘His view was that JJ had cognitive impairment of mild to moderate severity.’
      • ‘The degree of dyslexia can range from mild to severe.’
      • ‘The rest had reduced counts ranging from mild to severe.’
      • ‘Patients with mild symptoms usually receive topical treatments while the more severe cases are treated with ultraviolet light three times a week.’
      • ‘Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds to the point of mild discomfort but not pain.’
      • ‘Every injury is unique and effects can range from mild to severe and disabling.’
      • ‘Visual impairment varies from mild to severe depending on the type of optic atrophy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is usually a mild illness that may last for about two days.’
      • ‘These effects are of greater magnitude in those with mild or moderate disease severity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Asthma is an illness that varies hugely in severity, from mild to potentially fatal.’
      • ‘Nearly one year ago, he experienced what he thought was a mild illness.’
      • ‘Like other forms of depression, the symptoms of SAD can be mild, severe, or anywhere in between.’
      • ‘The effects of hay fever can range from being quite mild to having serious effects on your normal daily life.’
      • ‘Most who are infected never even know they had the virus and those who do feel sick usually have only mild illness.’
      • ‘The disease sometimes produces mild flu-like symptoms but can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and kidney failure.’
      • ‘She'd had mild pain for some time, but put this down to back problems.’
      • ‘The intensity of the pain can vary from experiencing mild discomfort to a pain severe enough to interfere with day-to-day activities.’
      • ‘In 20 percent of cases, mild flu-like symptoms are experienced.’
      • ‘It was found in Brazilian rabbits, where it causes only mild illness, but it was lethal to European rabbits.’
      • ‘Are the boy's symptoms due to serious or mild illness?’
      • ‘The patient experiences a decrease in vision that can be mild or severe depending on the amount of corneal tissue affected.’
      • ‘Cholera can be mild or even without symptoms, but a severe case can lead to death without immediate treatment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It can be serious or mild depending on your luck.’
      • ‘The lameness might be mild or more severe, causing the bird to stop perching with the foot or stop using the limb.’
      • ‘For most patients with depression of mild to moderate severity, psychotherapy and antidepressants appear equally effective.’
      • ‘The condition can be mild, moderate or severe, so its effects can vary from causing a limp to preventing a person from walking.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The temperate climate has mild to warm summers and cool winters.’
      • ‘During unusually mild winter weather and during the summer, the jet stream retreats northward into Canada.’
      • ‘For winter bloom (in mild climates), mix in plenty of calendula, pansies, primroses, or violas.’
      • ‘The weather is mild - warm days, cool nights, and not much rain.’
      • ‘The winter weather is unseasonably mild under blue sky.’
      • ‘Plants suffer most when warm / mild weather is suddenly replaced with cold.’
      • ‘In May, weather is mild enough to begin planting tropicals (hibiscus, mandevilla).’
      • ‘This is because shallow ponds warm faster than deep lakes during the spurts of mild weather in February and early March.’
      • ‘This winter's mild weather has resulted in early army cutworm activity again this year.’
      • ‘Ireland doesn't have an extreme climate: the weather is normally mild throughout these winter months.’
      • ‘Tropical continental air is very dry and tends to bring very warm weather during the summer and unseasonably mild weather during the winter.’
      • ‘In the Mediterranean region the weather is mild and rainy in the winter and dry and very hot in the summer.’
      • ‘However, the mild weather during late winter and early spring has resulted in the early hatching of over-wintered Nematodirus eggs.’
      • ‘The climate is mild and humid throughout the year, with a dry and cold season from November to March.’
      • ‘However, the mild weather did not persist, and bitter cold accompanied by severe storms characterized much of March and April.’
      • ‘Expect fireworks in what should be mild weather at game time in Kansas City.’
      • ‘The weather was mild to hot and humid, with partly cloudy to cloudy skies.’
      • ‘To control plant size and shape, prune in winter in mild climates.’
      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’
      • ‘There is an instant change from mild anger and heavy annoyance to startled astonishment and disbelief.’
      • ‘Anger is an emotional state that varies in intensity, ranging from mild irritation to violent rage.’
      • ‘I stared at it for fifteen minutes in a state of mild alarm, wondering what it might say, or who it could be from.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ketones can create a mild feeling of euphoria which is the high frequently associated with fasting.’
      • ‘From an emotional point of view, they may experience mild feelings, but never take the initiative to minimize or prevent the problem.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Looking up into his eyes, she saw a mixture of emotions ranging from mild irritation to sadness to fear to confusion.’
      • ‘And just as different PC pests annoy people in different ways, so our reactions vary from mild annoyance to extreme anger.’
      • ‘She shook her head, pushing aside the mild feeling of the room spinning.’
      • ‘They showed only mild interest in my presence - but no fear.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Another session examines ways to establish relaxation as our ‘default’ mode in preference to our customary states of stress and mild panic.’
      • ‘I am in a ‘sorting out mild irritations’ mood today.’
      • ‘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.
      • ‘Most patients require only mild analgesics, such as acetaminophen, for the first several days after surgery.’
      • ‘A range of ointments is available that contain local anaesthetics, mild astringents, or steroids.’
      • ‘Some analgesics combine both mild non-opioid drugs such as aspirin or paracetamol, with a small amount of opioid in a single tablet.’
      • ‘That started back around month 2 of chemotherapy, and my oncologist had prescribed some mild sedatives to help in this regard.’
      • ‘General anesthesia is not needed, but you may be given a mild sedative to help you relax.’
      • ‘Short bursts of a potent topical steroid is just as effective as prolonged use of a mild preparation for treating atopic eczema.’
      • ‘It is a mild stimulant and is potentially addictive, but harmless.’
      • ‘Because it may act as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system, some may classify caffeine as addictive.’
      • ‘Hart explains that the gas acts as a mild analgesic and a sedative.’
      • ‘Dr. Schafer uses a local anesthetic combined with a mild intravenous sedative before making an incision a few millimeters long under each arm.’
      • ‘Paracetomal is a relatively safe mild analgesic, with very few known side-effects.’
      • ‘The doctor can give a mild sedative or spray some anaesthetic on the back of your throat beforehand.’
      • ‘Patients only need a mild sedative, and go home from the hospital the next day.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Clean the piercing 1 to 2 times daily using a mild liquid antimicrobial medicated soap.’
      • ‘Biopsies can be uncomfortable and you may be given a mild sedative or local anaesthetic.’
    5. 1.5 (of food, drink, or tobacco) not sharp, hot, or strong in flavor.
      ‘a mild Italian cheese’
      • ‘First comes a poached egg presented on a puff pastry shell, sitting atop a pool of mild tomato sauce.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Slow simmering of whole cloves in liquids such as stocks, soups and stews releases a mild garlic flavor.’
      • ‘The brat was cooked through and not greasy, but it tasted more like a mild sausage dog.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Farmer's Cheese, Monterey Jack or a mild cheddar are suitable substitutes.’
      • ‘When your appetite returns, eat mild foods such as rice, dry toast, or bananas.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Go for long walks, avoid caffeine, and eat mild food.’
      • ‘This hit the spot for me and the mild cheese and spinach acted as a good foil to the punchy pesto and distinctive asparagus.’
      • ‘But I regret opting for the mild spice on my steak.’
      • ‘The eatery serves spicy and mild vegetables and meats with tasty soft flat bread called injere.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This one had a good texture but there was a lingering chemical aftertaste to this mild cheese.’
      • ‘With the beef came four dips: three were mayonnaise-based - flavoured with mustard, mild curry or lime - and a tomato salsa.’
      • ‘Shepherd's purse leaves, which have a mild mustard flavour, have been used as a green vegetable in many regions.’
      • ‘These onion adolescents add a mild onion flavor to food.’
      • ‘My favorite foods are mild chicken wings, fries, and turkey sandwiches.’
      • ‘Traditionally a masaman curry is quite mild in its flavour.’
      bland, insipid, flavourless, tasteless, savourless, spiceless
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  • 2Gentle and not easily provoked.

    ‘she was implacable, despite her mild exterior’
    • ‘Alexander curbed his annoyance and continued in a calm, mild voice.’
    • ‘Sure, vegetables have that pure, clean feel to them: thin, mild, gentle flavours that make you feel thin, mild, and gentle.’
    • ‘Although his contemporaries describe him as a mild and gentle person, his addresses and essays say No!’
    • ‘The apparently mild exterior and the guileless blue eyes mask a single-minded determination to carve out a successful career.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her gentle, good humoured and obliging nature, mild manner and unassuming disposition commended her to all fortunate enough to make her acquaintance.’
    • ‘Ann was a lady of gentle and mild disposition who was very well liked in the area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He hasn't a charismatic figure or a flamboyant style, but he is definitely mild, modest and mellow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His voice was mild, but his cobalt eyes were ice.’
    • ‘For some it is the shock, for some it is spontaneity in a gentle and mild way.’
    • ‘Far from being meek, mild and modest, librarians hide beneath their demure appearance hot and passionate personalities.’
    • ‘His voice, which was always mild and gentle, suddenly became harsh.’
    • ‘Vieira delivers this so-strident assertion with so mild a voice.’
    • ‘His mild manner, gentle graciousness, and total dedication to mathematics leave an indelible impression on all who have gotten to know him.’
    • ‘One moment he's bold, the next he's mild and gentle, then a wild child again.’
    • ‘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.’
    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/