moderate

adjective
mod·​er·​ate | \ ˈmä-d(ə-)rət How to pronounce moderate (audio) \

Definition of moderate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : avoiding extremes of behavior or expression : observing reasonable limits a moderate drinker
b : calm, temperate Though very much in favor of the measure, he expressed himself in moderate language.
2a : tending toward the mean or average amount or dimension a family of moderate income
b : having average or less than average quality : mediocre wrote moderate poetry to the end of his life— Carl Van Doren
3 : not violent, severe, or intense a moderate climate moderate winters cook over moderate heat
4 : professing or characterized by political or social beliefs that are not extreme had left-wing, moderate, and right-wing candidates vying for the nomination
5 : limited in scope or effect His new wealth had only a moderate effect on his way of life.
6 : not expensive : reasonable or low in price a moderate price for a new house
7 of a color : of medium lightness and medium chroma a moderate red

moderate

verb
mod·​er·​ate | \ ˈmä-də-ˌrāt How to pronounce moderate (audio) \
moderated; moderating

Definition of moderate (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to lessen the intensity or extremeness of the sun moderated the chill
2 : to preside over or act as chairman of moderated the board of directors meeting moderated the debate

intransitive verb

1 : to act as a moderator He moderated on a weekly panel show.
2 : to become less violent, severe, or intense the wind began to moderate

moderate

noun
mod·​er·​ate | \ ˈmä-d(ə-)rət How to pronounce moderate (audio) \

Definition of moderate (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from moderate

Adjective

moderately adverb
moderateness noun

Verb

moderation \ ˌmä-​də-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce moderation (audio) \ noun

Examples of moderate in a Sentence

Adjective

Her doctor recommended moderate exercise. There were moderate levels of chemicals in the lake. drinking moderate amounts of coffee Most of these medicines relieve mild to moderate pain. a family of moderate income a book of moderate length The group met with only moderate success. a writer of moderate talent The hotel offers comfortable rooms at moderate prices. Both moderate Democrats and moderate Republicans can agree on this new law.

Verb

The protesters have been unwilling to moderate their demands. She moderates at our office meetings. She moderates our discussions so that we don't argue or talk at the same time.

Noun

Moderates from both political parties have agreed on an economic plan. to the community's detriment, moderates were often shouted down at town meetings by the local hotheads
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

According to the letter, the employee stole opioids from syringes—specifically hydromorphone, a narcotic used to treat moderate to severe pain—and replaced the medicine with tap water, which caused six patients to develop a bacterial infection. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "A Nurse Stole Cancer Patients' Opioids and Diluted Them With Tap Water, Leading to Rare Infection," 8 Aug. 2019 Delaney’s voice of reason will be missed by moderate Democrats and more than a few conservatives. John Mccormack, National Review, "John Delaney, We Hardly Knew Ye," 31 July 2019 By 2004, eight years after it had been introduced, OxyContin had mushroomed into the most frequently prescribed narcotic for moderate to severe pain in the United States. Anchorage Daily News, "Little-known makers of generic drugs played central role in opioid crisis, records show," 27 July 2019 Biden is also doing relatively better among those who identify as somewhat liberal (as opposed to very liberal) and especially well among moderate Democrats. Kabir Khanna And Anthony Salvanto, CBS News, "Early contests by the numbers: Democratic delegate race tightens — CBS News Battleground Tracker," 21 July 2019 Shortly after birth, Caruso was diagnosed with bilateral moderate to moderately severe sensorineural hearing loss, a common type of permanent hearing loss that stems from damage to the inner ear. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Instagram Influencer, 19, Opens Up About Her Struggles with Hearing Loss: 'I Felt Isolated'," 19 July 2019 In April, the FDA approved its new therapy Skyrizi, an immune system drug with blockbuster sales potential, to treat moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. Fortune, "Protect at All Costs: How the Maker of the World’s Bestselling Drug Keeps Prices Sky-High," 18 July 2019 Oxycodone – Oxycodone is a powerful narcotic pain reliever prescribed for moderate to high pain relief. Ben Tinker, Jacqueline Howard And Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN, "US drug overdose deaths fell slightly in 2018," 17 July 2019 That is likely to further anger House members, many of whom are people of color representing moderate to conservative districts. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, "Top Ocasio-Cortez Aide Becomes a Symbol of Democratic Division," 13 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Google now also requires the owner of each internal mailing list group to moderate content posted in the group. Shirin Ghaffary, Vox, "Political tension at Google is only getting worse," 2 Aug. 2019 Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been making significant investments in the development of artificial intelligence to moderate content and automate the removal of harmful posts. Dennys Antonialli, WIRED, "Drag Queen vs. David Duke: Whose Tweets Are More 'Toxic'?," 25 July 2019 Several years before the analysis of insurance claims data, Pfizer provided Enbrel at no cost for a six-month clinical trial studying treatment in 41 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s (20 who received the drug, 21 who received a placebo). Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Colorado Alzheimer’s researchers shift focus after failures; begin testing leukemia medicine as treatment," 6 July 2019 For example, as part of a study published in 2012, Lovallo exposed 354 participants to moderate stress. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "What Science Says About Why You're Stressed and How to Cope," 21 June 2019 Hiking enthusiasts can find nine trails marked easy to moderate in difficulty. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "10 of the best campgrounds within a few hours of Indianapolis," 21 June 2019 Situationally sensitive rules of the road have developed—evidence, perhaps heartening for #MeToo, that men can be made to moderate themselves. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Cruising in the Age of Consent," 19 June 2019 Series creator Matt Groening will be there along with creatives Al Jean, Mike B. Anderson and Stephanie Gillis, along with Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, who will moderate. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con 2019: 50 things to see at this year’s Comic-Con," 17 July 2019 The political rhetoric of today may have moderated slightly, but its essence has changed very little from the old invective. K. V. Turley, National Review, "Border Posts and Border Ghosts," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The most important thing the Democratic Party can do for its country is nominate someone who will draw the votes of the political moderates and centrists. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Dem candidates should choose platform issues carefully; Russia connections not unique to current president (8/1/19)," 1 Aug. 2019 The attacks weren't shocking in a debate that featured the progressive standouts Warren and Sanders onstage with a handful of lesser-known moderates looking to seize the spotlight. Brian Slodysko, Fortune, "4 Key Takeaways From Night 1 of the Second Democratic Debate," 31 July 2019 Among the moderates, Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana stood out in his first debate. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Democrat debate: Bullock emerges; CNN stumbles," 30 July 2019 Democrats advocating such an investigation strategized over how to move forward despite reluctance among moderates representing districts friendlier to Mr. Trump. Peter Baker, New York Times, "The Blockbuster That Wasn’t: Mueller Disappoints the Democrats," 24 July 2019 Their wild overreach failed and likely cost the tea-party movement support among increasingly skeptical moderates and independents. Brian Riedl, National Review, "New Budget Deal Puts Final Nail in the Tea Party Coffin," 22 July 2019 Biden’s numbers are much stronger among moderates/conservatives (24%) over very or somewhat liberal (16% and 17%, respectively). Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "California primary: Kamala Harris takes the lead over Joe Biden in new poll," 17 July 2019 And among moderates, Biden leads the president by nearly 30 points, versus 15 to 21 points for the other Democrats. NBC News, "For Democrats next November, the middle still matters," 8 July 2019 So could Amy Klobuchar, getting just a few percentage points at the most in the polls but one of the more outspoken moderates in the race alongside Biden. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The competing paths to the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, explained," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of moderate

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1648, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moderate

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

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

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moderate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of moderate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: average in size or amount : neither too much nor too little
: neither very good nor very bad
: not expensive : not too high in price

moderate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of moderate (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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

moderate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of moderate (Entry 3 of 3)

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

moderate

adjective
mod·​er·​ate | \ ˈmä-də-rət How to pronounce moderate (audio) \

Kids Definition of moderate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : neither too much nor too little moderate heat
2 : neither very good nor very bad moderate success
3 : not expensive : reasonable moderate rates
4 : not extreme or excessive a moderate point of view a moderate eater

Other Words from moderate

moderately adverb

moderate

verb
mod·​er·​ate | \ ˈmä-də-ˌrāt How to pronounce moderate (audio) \
moderated; moderating

Kids Definition of moderate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become less extreme or severe

moderate

adjective
mod·​er·​ate | \ ˈmäd-(ə-)rət How to pronounce moderate (audio) \

Medical Definition of moderate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : avoiding extremes of behavior : observing reasonable limits a moderate drinker
2 : not severe in effect or degree moderate alcohol consumption the abdomen was mildly distended with moderate tenderness— Timothy Melester et al moderate developmental disabilities

moderate

transitive verb
mod·​er·​ate | \ ˈmäd-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce moderate (audio) \
moderated; moderating

Medical Definition of moderate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to reduce the speed or energy of (neutrons)

Other Words from moderate

moderation \ ˌmäd-​ə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce moderation (audio) \ noun

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