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

Other Words from moderate

Adjective

moderateness noun

Verb

moderation \ ˌmä-​də-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce moderate (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 Angela Merkel served solidly for 16 years as Chancellor, and she has been succeeded by her former finance minister, another moderate. Fareed Zakaria, CNN, 9 Jan. 2022 They are authorized for anyone with mild to moderate infections who doesn’t need supplemental oxygen. Anchorage Daily News, 9 Jan. 2022 Merino wool has soft fibers and wicks well with moderate durability. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 9 Jan. 2022 The state said treatment with monoclonal antibody therapy continues to be important for mild to moderate virus infections and is preferred over treatment with molnupiravir when it can be readily accessed. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 8 Jan. 2022 The National Weather Service says rainfall will decrease over the morning, moving from heavy to moderate and then light. oregonlive, 7 Jan. 2022 The severe weather is expected to involve moderate to heavy lake effect snow in the snowbelt region through this evening. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 7 Jan. 2022 New York state recently published guidelines for dispensing potentially life-saving monoclonal antibodies and oral antivirals like Paxlovid to people suffering from mild to moderate symptoms of Covid-19. John B. Judis And Ruy Teixeira, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 Between the ages of 6 and 17, children should be getting at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Sabrina Rojas Weiss, PEOPLE.com, 7 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The trial is seeking participants with mild to moderate COVID-19 who have tested positive within the last 10 days and who have started experiencing symptoms within eight days, particularly participants from underserved communities. Caroline Catherman, orlandosentinel.com, 16 Dec. 2021 The National Institutes of Health says that monoclonal antibodies can be used to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 in nonhospitalized patients at high risk for progressing to severe disease. Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2021 If the panel votes to authorize it, molnupiravir would be the first oral take-home medication approved to treat mild to moderate COVID-19, NPR reports. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, 30 Nov. 2021 Initial reports from South Africa indicate that omicron cases among vaccinated individuals have been mild to moderate; the most severe cases have been concentrated among those who are not fully vaccinated. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, 29 Nov. 2021 The study tracked 775 adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 who were considered at higher risk for severe disease due to pre-existing health problems such as obesity, diabetes or heart disease. Helena Oliviero, ajc, 25 Nov. 2021 Side effects, according to Pfizer, were mild to moderate, and comparable to those who got the placebo. NBC News, 5 Nov. 2021 Side effects were generally mild to moderate and occurred within two days after vaccination, and most went away within one to two days, the FDA reported. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 30 Oct. 2021 The high rip current risk is expect to last thought tonight and then drop to moderate on Thursday. Leigh Morgan, al, 20 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Murkowski, often seen as an independent-minded moderate, was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict Mr. Trump, who was acquitted of the sole charge of incitement of insurrection related to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. CBS News, 12 Nov. 2021 Certain opioids are prescribed to treat moderate-to-severe pain. Sarah Fielding, Health.com, 3 Dec. 2021 For example, a woman with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis experienced a psoriasis flare-up after her medication stopped working to improve her symptoms, according to a 2016 case study published in Obesity Research & Clinical Practice4. Sara Gaynes Levy, SELF, 29 Nov. 2021 The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from noon through late Friday night as periods of moderate-to-heavy rainfall are likely through the end of the week. oregonlive, 11 Nov. 2021 But an even larger social safety net and climate change bill was back on hold, with a half-dozen moderate-to-conservative Democrats withholding their votes until a nonpartisan analysis could tally its price tag. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 But the even larger social safety net and climate change bill was back on hold, with a half-dozen moderate-to-conservative Democrats withholding their votes until a nonpartisan analysis could tally its price tag. Arkansas Online, 6 Nov. 2021 He was viewed as a pro-business moderate — in line with many of the suburban voters driving growth in the state's expanding tech and research industries. Bryan Anderson, ajc, 30 Oct. 2021 Representative Steve Cohen, of Tennessee, a Democratic moderate, said, on CNN, that his car was older than some of the progressives holding up the vote on the infrastructure bill. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 1 Oct. 2021

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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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The first known use of moderate was in the 15th century

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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 moderate (audio) \ noun

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