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.
- mod·er·ate·ly, adverb
- mod·er·ate·ness, noun
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How to use moderate in a sentence
British Dictionary definitions for moderate
not extreme or excessive; within due or reasonable limits: moderate demands
not violent; mild or temperate
of average quality or extent: moderate 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
- moderately, adverb
- moderateness, noun
- moderatism, noun
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