verb (used with object), mod·er·at·ed, mod·er·at·ing.
verb (used without object), mod·er·at·ed, mod·er·at·ing.
- modem session,
- moderate breeze,
- moderate gale,
Origin of moderate
adjective (ˈmɒdərɪt, ˈmɒdrɪt)
noun (ˈmɒdərɪt, ˈmɒdrɪt)
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.