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mi tuh gayt

  • v  lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
  • v  make less severe or harsh

  • But for the mitigating circumstances of his age and ill health, he would have got a very harsh punishment.
  • Geithner has been in the middle of efforts to mitigate the financial crisis since it began in August 2007, and he is likely to be welcomed in Capitol Hill confirmation hearings as .
  • Take the successful efforts to create a market to help mitigate acid rain.
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