[ adjective, noun mod-er-it, mod-rit; verb mod-uh-reyt ]
/ adjective, noun ˈmɒd ər ɪt, ˈmɒd rɪt; verb ˈmɒd əˌreɪt /
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.
verb (used with object), mod·er·at·ed, mod·er·at·ing.
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.).
verb (used without object), mod·er·at·ed, mod·er·at·ing.
to become less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous.
to act as moderator; preside.
Origin of moderate
1350–1400; Middle English moderate (adj.), moderaten (v.) < Latin moderātus (past participle of moderārī to restrain, control), equivalent to moderā- verb stem (see modest) + -tus past participle suffix
SYNONYMS FOR moderate
ANTONYMS FOR moderate
5, 6 radical.
mod·er·ate·ly, adverbmod·er·ate·ness, nounnon·mod·er·ate, adjective, nounnon·mod·er·ate·ly, adverb
non·mod·er·ate·ness, nounsem·i·mod·er·ate, adjectivesem·i·mod·er·ate·ly, adverbun·mod·er·at·ed, adjectiveun·mod·er·at·ing, adjective
1. Moderate, temperate, judicious, reasonable all stress the avoidance of excess—emotional, physical, intellectual, or otherwise. Moderate implies response or behavior that is by nature not excessive: a moderate drinker, a moderate amount of assistance. Temperate, interchangeable with moderate in some general uses, usually stresses the idea of caution, control, or self-restraint: a surprisingly temperate response to the angry challenge. Judicious emphasizes prudence and the exercise of careful judgment: a judicious balance between freedom and restraint; judicious care to offend neither side. Reasonable suggests the imposition or adoption of limits derived from the application of reason or good sense: a reasonable price; a reasonable amount of damages allotted to each claimant. 8. See allay.
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British Dictionary definitions for unmoderated (1 of 2)
/ (ʌnˈmɒdəˌreɪtɪd) /
(of an online chatroom, newsgroup, etc) not monitored for inappropriate content, time wasting, or bad language
British Dictionary definitions for unmoderated (2 of 2)
adjective (ˈmɒdərɪt, ˈmɒdrɪt)
not extreme or excessive; within due or reasonable limitsmoderate demands
not violent; mild or temperate
of average quality or extentmoderate success
noun (ˈmɒdərɪt, ˈmɒdrɪt)
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
Derived Formsmoderately, adverbmoderateness, nounmoderatism, noun
Word Origin for moderate
C14: from Latin moderātus observing moderation, from moderārī to restrain
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