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

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 AstraZeneca said its vaccine did not cause any serious side effects but unlike the two other companies, did not share details about potential mild or moderate side effects. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus vaccines: Everything we know, and don’t know, so far," 27 Nov. 2020 Both treatments are authorized for patients 12 and older with mild to moderate covid-19 symptoms who are at high risk of developing severe illness. Andy Davis, Arkansas Online, "Cases of virus in state again surpass 2,000," 25 Nov. 2020 This strategy was aided by the three field hospitals (fancang) the government built to isolate patients with mild to moderate symptoms from their families. Elanah Uretsky, The Conversation, "China beat the coronavirus with science and strong public health measures, not just with authoritarianism," 23 Nov. 2020 The first vials would go to patients with mild to moderate symptoms. Riley Griffin, Bloomberg.com, "Lilly to Supply Covid Antibody to U.S. for $375 Million," 28 Oct. 2020 The trial aimed to enroll people hospitalized with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Eli Lilly pauses enrollment of patients in experimental coronavirus treatment," 13 Oct. 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states a person with mild to moderate coronavirus symptoms may be infectious for up to 10 days after the onset of symptoms. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Amy Coney Barrett sworn in as Senate kicks off Supreme Court confirmation hearings," 12 Oct. 2020 Those beliefs, coupled with his reputation as an empathetic and experienced leader, made Mr. Biden acceptable to a broad coalition of Americans this year, including independents and some moderate Republicans. Thomas Kaplan, New York Times, "A President-Elect Shaped by Tragedy and Tradition," 7 Nov. 2020 The Senate will also lose two of its more moderate Republicans, if current results hold — Brophy McGee and Sen. Heather Carter, who was defeated in the primary. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, "Marijuana, education and the Senate: 7 things that the election changed in Arizona," 7 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The drug, called REGN-COV2, received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19 in adults and some children of at least 12 years of age. Robert Langreth, Bloomberg.com, "Regeneron Covid Drug to Roll Out in 30,000-Dose Shipment," 23 Nov. 2020 Four people suffered what appeared to be gunshot wounds that ranged from minor to moderate in severity, Carringer said. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "Four hurt in shooting at strip club in Anaheim," 31 Oct. 2020 Welker is the first Black woman to moderate a presidential debate in nearly 30 years. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Kristen Welker praised for ‘masterclass’ debate moderation, Chris Wallace is ‘jealous’," 23 Oct. 2020 They're both set to moderate an Association education panel later this month. Jake Bleiberg, Star Tribune, "Texas AG taps investigator tied to donor's defense attorney," 8 Oct. 2020 Biden, however, has tried to moderate his positioning on climate change in recent weeks, distancing himself from the Green New Deal and repeatedly pledging to not ban fracking for natural gas. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Michigan liberal pushes 'Green New Deal' climate agenda to unseat centrist Republican Fred Upton," 7 Oct. 2020 A Supreme Court that is the only institution the American people still trust will listen to the public and even moderate its prior rulings in the light of experience. Dominic Green, WSJ, "Everybody Expects the Anti-Catholic Inquisition," 26 Sep. 2020 USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page is set to moderate next month’s vice presidential debate between Sen. Kamala Harris and VP Mike Pence. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Naomi Osaka wins her second U.S. Open title with a powerful message," 14 Sep. 2020 The data are for 465 people with mild to moderate COVID-19 who were not hospitalized. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The FDA Just Authorized a New COVID-19 Antibody Treatment," 10 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rain amounts will be light for most of the day before turning moderate-to-heavy overnight. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday weather: Cloudy, wet, with rain beginning around 10 a.m.," 3 Nov. 2020 Among the Texas districts up for grabs are the 23rd Congressional District currently held by Republican Rep. Will Hurd, a key moderate who is retiring. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Will Democrats expand their control in the House? Here are the races and surprises to watch," 3 Nov. 2020 Biden, a longtime moderate who was Barack Obama’s vice president, has scoffed at attempts to portray him as tilting to the far left. Tracy Wilkinson Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Colombia’s far-right wing backs Trump, aiming to help him in crucial Florida vote," 1 Nov. 2020 McConnell doesn’t consider that Americans might have elected a Republican Senate so that Obama would nominate a moderate of whom Republicans had spoken highly in the past. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "The Naive Futility of Calling Out Mitch McConnell’s Hypocrisy," 22 Sep. 2020 Ten years ago, Michael Castle, a former Republican governor, sitting House member and pro-business moderate, was supposed to be a shoo-in for the Senate seat that Mr. Biden gave up to become vice president. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, "In Biden’s Home State, Republican Centrism Gives Way to the Fringe," 4 Oct. 2020 Warner pitched himself as a business and tech-savvy moderate who is well-known to Virginians. Alan Suderman, Star Tribune, "Virginia: Warner, Gade meet in first debate of Senate race," 23 Sep. 2020 To Hawkins, a business owner and good-government moderate, the criticism was claptrap. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, "The North Carolina Republicans Who Are Defecting from Trump," 24 Aug. 2020 Goldwater’s presidential run gave voice to those who yearned for a real conservative, rejecting Dwight Eisenhower as a pusillanimous moderate. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, "How the GOP Became the Party of Resentment," 11 Aug. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Moderate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moderate. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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moderate

adjective
How to pronounce moderate (audio)

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
How to pronounce moderate (audio)

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
How to pronounce moderate (audio)

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
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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