Definition of mildly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪldli/


1In a mild or gentle manner: ‘Don’t be childish,’ he reproved mildly
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  • She said that she has been thinking about how she feels about her father, and while she feels mildly aggrieved, she is unable to feel any true anger.
  • ‘Give me your name,’ the man said mildly, smiling at Chris in a polite manner.
  • His voice is mildly nasal, mildly ironic, and in general, mild.
1.1Not seriously: he had suffered mildly from the illness since he was 23
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  • Every fibre of his being seems to be wrapped around the songs and yet it only mildly suffers from a few repetitive moments that make some songs less than perfect.
  • He suffered from multiple bruises and was mildly dehydrated.
  • The complainant suffered several blows which left his fist mildly scarred.
1.2 [as submodifier] To a slight extent: he kept his voice mildly curious
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  • I talked slowly, coolly, just barely managing to keep my voice light and only mildly curious.
  • Spice up pub nights with your anecdotes, amaze friends and family with facts from your lectures, and expand the ranks of the mildly curious.
  • They seem mildly curious about my disgraceful lack of composure.


to put it mildly (or putting it mildly)

Used to imply that the reality is more extreme, usually worse: the proposals were, to put it mildly, unpopular
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  • These are, to put it mildly, extremely limited measures, if not worse.
  • But the PM's handling of this has been a little awkward, to put it mildly.
  • The difference that makes is considerable, to put it mildly.

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