Mitigate vs Solve - What's the difference?

mitigate | solve |

As verbs the difference between mitigate and solve

is that mitigate is to reduce, lessen, or decrease while solve is to find an answer or solution to a problem or question; to work out.

As a noun solve is

(obsolete) a solution; an explanation.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • To reduce, lessen, or decrease.
  • * 1795
  • Measures are pursuing to prevent or mitigate the usual consequences of such outrages, and with the hope of their succeeding at least to avert general hostility.
  • * 1813
  • But in yielding to it the retaliation has been mitigated as much as possible, both in its extent and in its character...
  • * 1896
  • Then they tell us that vaccination will mitigate the disease that it will make it milder.
  • * 1901 — , ch 7
  • Then I discovered the brilliance of the landscape around was mitigated by blue spectacles.
  • * 1920
  • The plague had not been kind to him, yet had left him this small furry thing to mitigate his sorrow; and when one is very young, one can find great relief in the lively antics of a black kitten.
  • To downplay.
  • Synonyms

    * (to reduce or lessen) check, diminish, ease, lighten, mollify, pacify, palliate


    * (to reduce or lessen) aggrandize, aggravate, exacerbate, incite, increase, intensify, irritate, worsen

    Coordinate terms

    * (l)




  • To find an answer or solution to a problem or question; to work out.
  • * South
  • True piety would effectually solve such scruples.
  • * Tickell
  • God shall solve the dark decrees of fate.
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  • (mathematics) To find the values of variables that satisfy a system of equations and/or inequalities.
  • (mathematics) To algebraically manipulate an equation or inequality into a form that isolates a chosen variable on one side, so that the other side consists of an expression that may be used to generate solutions.
  • Derived terms

    * resolve * solution


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A solution; an explanation.
  • (Shakespeare)


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