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

Overall, the 32 analysts who track Apple have an average price target of $223.93 on Apple's shares, indicating there's moderate upside to investing in Apple's stock now. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Analysts Give the Bull and Bear Cases For iPhone 11 Demand," 16 Sep. 2019 But once again in the Pacific, what was moderate is now extreme, leaving an uncertain future for animals. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, "Pacific Ocean "blob" harming marine life made worse by climate change," 16 Sep. 2019 Highs head for the mid-80s as humidity is moderate. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Clouds rule today, but sunshine should win out tomorrow," 14 Sep. 2019 The privatization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will likely cause an increase in capital costs which would be passed on to consumers, specifically low- and moderate-income families. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Time to break up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?," 13 Sep. 2019 Professors who are moderate and charitable in the classroom may post highly political content on social media (or occasionally write highly political opinion pieces or blog posts) expressing antipathy toward Republicans and conservatives. Musa Al-gharbi, National Review, "Ideological Discrimination in Academia Is More Complicated than You Think," 9 Sep. 2019 Carrying a price tag of $13 million, it is being purchased with low- and moderate-income housing asset funds and other local funds, according to Mike Fortney, the city’s principal housing manager. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Glendale to spend $25M on pair of properties for affordable-housing development," 30 Aug. 2019 That's moderate and low, especially in those areas of fat and sodium. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "Nutritionist Maya Feller's 5 best health tips for women of color," 21 Aug. 2019 Humidity levels will be moderate for this time of year with the dew point in the mid-60s. courant.com, "Variable cloudiness Wednesday with chance for an isolated shower," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Dominguez detailed the process of writing and shooting the film during a Q&A with the other directors moderated by LAFCA’s Claudia Puig. Alexandra Del Rosario, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emerging Latinx and Hispanic Filmmakers on "Fighting the Good Fight" in Short Films," 15 Sep. 2019 Directors Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra will be present for a post-screening discussion moderated by Simón Rios of WBUR. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston audiences will get a first look at one of the most buzzed about films at the recent Toronto International Film Festival when Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” has its US premiere opening night at the 35th annual," 13 Sep. 2019 Enjoy a not-so-late night with Seth Meyers on Sept. 20, when the Connecticut Forum presents a conversation with the talk-show host, moderated by Sam Sanders. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Talk show host Seth Meyers is CT Forum’s September guest," 12 Sep. 2019 Her take, moderated by a writer with The Hollywood Reporter, will be livestreamed. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Democratic debate featured frontrunners who battled each other, attacked Trump," 12 Sep. 2019 The forum, moderated by MSNBC's Chris Hayes and Ali Velshi, is set to be streamed live on NBC News Now and Telemundo on September 19 and 20. Renae Reints, Fortune, "MSNBC Climate Change Forum Will Give Voice to Democrats Denied the Debate Stage and One Republican," 2 Sep. 2019 There will be a District 3 Supervisor Candidate Forum with Terra Lawson-Remer and Olga Diaz, moderated by The League of Women Voters. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Artist donates mural to YMCA," 30 Aug. 2019 Her tour will span 10 cities across November and December, and include one conversation at New York’s 92Y moderated by EW. David Canfield, EW.com, "Queen of Nothing tour: See Holly Black for the conclusion of the Folk of the Air trilogy," 29 Aug. 2019 Perdue appeared at Farmfest, an annual trade show near the southwestern Minnesota town of Redwood Falls, during a listening session moderated by U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, a Democrat who represents the area. Steve Karnowski, Twin Cities, "USDA secretary tries to reassure Minnesota farmers over markets lost to China trade war," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

McCready, a former Marine turned financier of solar energy projects, was banking on the district's suburban moderates to carry him over the top. Author: Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, "GOP holds NC House seat but shows weakness in suburbs," 11 Sep. 2019 But, according to the Monmouth survey and other recent polls, Biden is losing support from moderates and even from Democrats without a college education -- voters considered his bread-and-butter. oregonlive.com, "Are Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren really in a dead heat? It’s complicated," 27 Aug. 2019 Social justice is very important to 79% of very liberal Democrats, compared to 58% of moderates. CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren rises as Joe Biden clings to delegate edge — CBS News Battleground Tracker," 9 Sep. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Get your history fix in one place: sign up for the weekly TIME History newsletter In 1978, the moderates won. Lily Rothman, Time, "Robert Mugabe Ruled Zimbabwe for Decades. Here's How He First Came to Power," 6 Sep. 2019 Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, two of the frontrunners in the race who have offered a number of progressive ideas throughout their campaign, were the primary targets of moderates on the stage. Editors, USA TODAY, "Democratic presidential debate, MLB trade deadline: 5 things to know this Wednesday," 31 July 2019 The concentration of moderates give candidates like Buttigieg and O’Rourke, two candidates further left than most, to prove themselves to progressive voters. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will face off again in CNN Democratic primary debates," 18 July 2019 While the new Democratic majority is often seen as pushing the House leftward, many of the freshmen are actually moderates from districts won by Trump in 2016. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "House OKs $15 minimum wage, setting marker for 2020 campaign," 19 July 2019 While the new Democratic majority is often seen as pushing the House leftward, many of the freshmen are actually moderates from districts won by Trump in 2016. Washington Post, "House OKs $15 minimum wage, setting marker for 2020 campaign," 18 July 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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