- 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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Examples from the Web for moderating
Hester is a longtime researcher on evidence-based methods of moderating drinking.Americans Drink Too Much, But We’re Not All Alcoholics
November 25, 2014
Nothing I hear from them suggests that the deportation figures are “moderating.”Hillary Clinton’s Latino Problem
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
June 24, 2014
LePage is up for re-election this year and has shown no signs of restraining his rhetoric or moderating his personality.10 GOP Rebranding Roadblocks
January 30, 2014
Open access to information beyond that available in the pulpit has already had a moderating effect on the stability of faith.A Tweeting Pope Raises Questions About Social Media’s Effect on the Church
Lawrence M. Krauss
September 11, 2013
The Electoral College may be imperfect, but its moderating influence on the American politic should not be laughed off too easily.Could Abolishing the Electoral College Help Republicans?
January 30, 2013
But it kept ON moderating, and in a precious little while it was 'most too moderate.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The darkness of night came on, and instead of moderating, the gale increased.John Deane of Nottingham
I told him that we had cleared away the wreck of the masts, and that the weather was moderating.Peter Trawl
W. H. G. Kingston
Her influence was on the whole a moderating and prudent force.
I had not yet furnished it with the means of stopping or moderating its motion.Stories of Invention
Edward E. Hale
- 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 and History for moderating
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.