- kept or keeping within reasonable or proper limits; not extreme, excessive, or intense: a moderate price.
- of medium quantity, extent, or amount: a moderate income.
- mediocre or fair: moderate talent.
- calm or mild, as of the weather.
- of or relating to moderates, as in politics or religion.
- a person who is moderate in opinion or opposed to extreme views and actions, especially in politics or religion.
- (usually initial capital letter) a member of a political party advocating moderate reform.
- to reduce the excessiveness of; make less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous: to moderate the sharpness of one's words.
- to preside over or at (a public forum, meeting, discussion, etc.).
- to become less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous.
- to act as moderator; preside.
Origin of moderate
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Antonyms for moderate
Related Words for moderatedreduce, slow, constrain, subdue, slacken, wane, subside, lessen, mitigate, modify, alleviate, decrease, abate, diminish, curb, soften, temper, cool, decline, appease
Examples from the Web for moderated
Contemporary Examples of moderated
She will allow that over the years her initially phobic view of Germans has moderated.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive
August 3, 2014
I moderated a Davos panel with several Arab officials, including Egyptian Minister of Finance Ahmed Galal.Income Inequality Was Quickly Forgotten at Davos
January 26, 2014
I was playing Martha Raddatz when she moderated one of the vice-presidential debates last year.Kate McKinnon Is the Future of ‘Saturday Night Live’
November 21, 2013
The panel was moderated by Sarah Kambou, President of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).Stanford Panel: Transforming Lives – Just Business as Usual
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October 22, 2013
When your side wields the power, one can afford to demand that its use be moderated.Israeli and Palestinian Narratives Mirror One Another, But Do Not Reflect Parity
October 15, 2013
Historical Examples of moderated
After some hours of huddling I observed that the temperature had moderated.City of Endless Night
When finally Dolly's outburst had moderated, the old lady spoke.The Trimming of Goosie
We might stick by Mr. de Vervillin until it moderated, and then pay our respects to him.The Two Admirals
J. Fenimore Cooper
"We have plenty of time," Philip said, as he moderated the pace at which they had started.Saint Bartholomew's Eve
G. A. Henty
She has taught our revolutionary spirits and moderated our party passions.The Better Germany in War Time
- not extreme or excessive; within due or reasonable limitsmoderate demands
- not violent; mild or temperate
- of average quality or extentmoderate success
- a person who holds moderate views, esp in politics
- to become or cause to become less extreme or violent
- (when intr, often foll by over) to preside over a meeting, discussion, etc
- British and NZ to act as an external moderator of the overall standards and marks for (some types of educational assessment)
- physics to slow down (neutrons), esp by using a moderator
- (tr) to monitor (the conversations in an on-line chatroom) for bad language, inappropriate content, etc
Word Origin for moderate
late 14c., originally of weather and other physical conditions, from Latin moderatus "within bounds, observing moderation;" figuratively "modest, restrained," past participle of moderari "to regulate, mitigate, restrain, temper, set a measure, keep (something) within measure," related to modus "measure," from PIE *med-es-, from base *med- (see medical (adj.)). The notion is "keeping within due measure." In English, of persons from early 15c.; of opinions from 1640s; of prices from 1904. Related: Moderateness.
early 15c., "to abate excessiveness;" from Latin moderatus, past participle of moderari (see moderate (adj.)). Meaning "to preside over a debate" is first attested 1570s. Related: Moderated; moderating.
"one who holds moderate opinions on controversial subjects," 1794, from moderate (adj.). Related: Moderatism; -moderantism.