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adjective mod·er·ate \ˈmä-d(ə-)rət\

Simple Definition of moderate

  • : average in size or amount : neither too much nor too little

  • : neither very good nor very bad

  • : not expensive : not too high in price

Full Definition of moderate

  1. 1 a :  avoiding extremes of behavior or expression :  observing reasonable limits <a moderate drinker> b :  calm, temperate

  2. 2 a :  tending toward the mean or average amount or dimension b :  having average or less than average quality :  mediocre

  3. 3 :  professing or characterized by political or social beliefs that are not extreme

  4. 4 :  limited in scope or effect

  5. 5 :  not expensive :  reasonable or low in price

  6. 6 of a color :  of medium lightness and medium chroma

mod·er·ate·ly adverb
mod·er·ate·ness noun

Examples of moderate

  1. Her doctor recommended moderate exercise.

  2. There were moderate levels of chemicals in the lake.

  3. drinking moderate amounts of coffee

  4. Most of these medicines relieve mild to moderate pain.

  5. a family of moderate income

  6. a book of moderate length

  7. The group met with only moderate success.

  8. a writer of moderate talent

  9. The hotel offers comfortable rooms at moderate prices.

  10. Both moderate Democrats and moderate Republicans can agree on this new law.

Origin of moderate

Middle English, from Latin moderatus, from past participle of moderare to moderate; akin to Latin modus measure

First Known Use: 15th century



verb mod·er·ate \ˈmä-də-ˌrāt\

Simple Definition of moderate

  • : to make (something) less harsh, strong, or severe or to become less harsh, strong, or severe

  • : to guide a discussion or direct a meeting that involves a group of people

Full Definition of moderate


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lessen the intensity or extremeness of <the sun moderated the chill>

  3. 2 :  to preside over or act as chairman of

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to act as a moderator

  6. 2 :  to become less violent, severe, or intense <the wind began to moderate>

mod·er·a·tion play \ˌmä-də-ˈrā-shən\ noun

Examples of moderate

  1. The protesters have been unwilling to moderate their demands.

  2. She moderates at our office meetings.

  3. She moderates our discussions so that we don't argue or talk at the same time.

15th Century

First Known Use of moderate

15th century

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noun mod·er·ate \ˈmä-d(ə-)rət\

Simple Definition of moderate

  • : a person whose political ideas are not extreme : a person who has moderate opinions or is a member of a moderate political group

Full Definition of moderate

  1. :  one who holds moderate views or who belongs to a group favoring a moderate course or program

Examples of moderate

  1. Moderates from both political parties have agreed on an economic plan.

  2. <to the community's detriment, moderates were often shouted down at town meetings by the local hotheads>


First Known Use of moderate


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noun mod·er·a·tion \ˌmä-də-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of moderation

  1. 1 :  the act of avoiding extreme behavior or belief

  2. 2 :  the condition of being reasonable and not extreme

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