|an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.|
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|to make or become less severe or harsh; moderate|
|[C15: from Latin mītigāre, from mītis mild + agere to make]|
|usage Mitigate is sometimes wrongly used where militate is meant: his behaviour militates (not mitigates) against his chances of promotion|
mitigate mit·i·gate (mĭt'ĭ-gāt')
v. mit·i·gat·ed, mit·i·gat·ing, mit·i·gates
To moderate in force or intensity.