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
The process of disappointing your own base is brutally hard — just look at the endless fights between moderates and leftists on the Democratic side.The crisis isn’t too much polarization. It’s too little democracy. | Ezra Klein | November 12, 2020 | Vox
Still, the vaccine does cause some mild to moderate symptoms.New Pfizer vaccine appears 90 percent effective against COVID-19 | Erin Garcia de Jesus | November 10, 2020 | Science News For Students
Early results from a trial showed the combination reduced virus levels in patients with mild to moderate Covid-19 and cut the rate of hospitalizations and emergency room visits.Eli Lilly is granted emergency approval for COVID-19 antibody drug by the FDA | kdunn6 | November 10, 2020 | Fortune
Its current leader, after all, is one of those moderate Republican mayors.San Diego Is a Big City – Todd Gloria Wants it to Act Like One | Andrew Keatts | November 6, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
This situation has loaded the cannons for claims of bias and censorship in how they moderated election-related content.Why social media can’t keep moderating content in the shadows | Bobbie Johnson | November 6, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Hester is a longtime researcher on evidence-based methods of moderating drinking.Americans Drink Too Much, But We’re Not All Alcoholics | Gabrielle Glaser | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nothing I hear from them suggests that the deportation figures are “moderating.”
LePage is up for re-election this year and has shown no signs of restraining his rhetoric or moderating his personality.
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 DAILY BEAST
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? | Justin Green | January 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The arrogant spending instinct had gained upon the moderating and self-restraining instinct.Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
Does it not occupy itself with regulating and moderating the passions and desires when the soul is not healthy?Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
Turning out on the morning of the 10th, we were delighted to find the sky clearing and the wind moderating.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
It is vain to attempt to root it out; what it needs is moderating, regulating, subordinating.Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of Matthew | John Monro Gibson
Trade unionism seems to have the same moderating effect upon society as a wide diffusion of private property.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States | Selig Perlman
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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