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

Grycan said both the driver and the passenger in the vehicle had to be extracted from the vehicle before being air-lifted to Huntington Hospital, where they were treated for minor to moderate injuries. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "Driver, passenger airlifted to hospital after vehicle drives off Angeles Crest Highway," 11 July 2019 The tweet likened the more moderate Democrats to segregationists. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Nancy Pelosi shuts down questions about disagreements with freshmen Dems," 11 July 2019 Gray, 68, defeated the more moderate Nohe in the GOP primary. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, "With Corey Stewart leaving politics, Prince William County’s political future is up for grabs," 6 July 2019 Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Friday that Adams had been charged with two counts of felony battery resulting in moderate injury as well as misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury, battery and disorderly conduct. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Judge charged in White Castle fight is healing, preparing for legal battle," 1 July 2019 The shift is raising questions about whether the more moderate Mr. Biden is a good fit for a party in which much of the policy agenda driving the primary is coming from activists and candidates on the left. John Mccormick, WSJ, "Taking on Biden, Kamala Harris Makes Her Mark," 28 June 2019 Several of the candidates on the stage have refused to support Medicare for All, including Amy Klobuchar, the moderate senator from Minnesota; John Delaney, the former Maryland congressman; and O’Rourke. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The First Democratic Debate Shuns Donald Trump in Favor of Substance," 27 June 2019 The man in the parked vehicle was transported to a trauma center with moderate injuries. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Driver dies in high-speed crash in Oakley," 23 June 2019 Esquivel was charged with domestic battery by means of a deadly weapon, a level 5 felony; domestic battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, a level 6 felony; criminal recklessness, a level 6 felony; and domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor. Michelle L. Quinn, chicagotribune.com, "Woman faces charges after Dyer incident," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On these occasions, there will typically be a note at the beginning of the comment thread to explain why the conversation is being pre-moderated. Los Angeles Times, "Commenting guidelines," 16 July 2019 The Samson Pavilion has an overall visual coolness, but that’s moderated by wood casework and attractive and comfortable furniture, including chairs and worktables in oiled white oak, designed by Foster’s office. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Is CWRU-Clinic Health Education Campus just another big shiny box at a sprawling medical center? - Steven Litt," 14 July 2019 GIF Log in with or sign up with Disqus or pick a name Disqus is a discussion network Disqus never moderates or censors. Tony Saavedra, The Mercury News, "Fullerton police release video of officer shooting 17-year-old girl," 12 July 2019 While financing costs have moderated, home prices have continued to rise. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "North Texas home market gave up its gains in June," 8 July 2019 The event was moderated by Shady Grove Oliver, a reporter for The Arctic Sounder, the local newspaper. Anchorage Daily News, "Discussing Alaska’s history of sexual violence is one step toward seeking solutions," 11 June 2019 The event was moderated by Shady Grove Oliver, a reporter for The Arctic Sounder, the local newspaper. Beena Raghavendran, ProPublica, "Discussing Alaska’s Long History of Sexual Violence Is One Step Toward Seeking Solutions," 10 June 2019 It was moderated by journalist Daniel Denvir and broadcast live on Facebook. Chris Palmer, Philly.com, "Philly DA Larry Krasner, Bernie Sanders sit side-by-side for first time," 4 May 2018 The debate will be moderated by AL.com columnist and Director of Content Development, Roy Johnson. Howard Koplowitz, AL.com, "Reckon by AL.com to host Democratic gubernatorial debate," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With his early campaign kickoff, the political moderate has made more than a dozen trips to New Hampshire and at least 24 to Iowa — yet has hardly registered in polls in either state. Melissa Gomez, latimes.com, "Who are the Democratic candidates for president?," 8 July 2019 Pelosi then capitulated and agreed to join the moderates in her party in passing the Senate version of the $4.6 billion border funding bill. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib fire back at Nancy Pelosi's 'Twitter world' quip," 8 July 2019 Half of Southern Baptist children leave the faith; annual baptisms—which reached a high in the mid-1970s, when the moderates were ascendant—are at their lowest level in almost a century. The Economist, "The Southern Baptists are beset by two related fiascos," 15 June 2019 Both Texans have a record of working with moderates and Republicans. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "3 things Beto O'Rourke and Julián Castro must do to shine during Democratic debate," 26 June 2019 From 1979 to 1990, a battle raged in the Southern Baptist Convention between moderates and biblical inerrantists. al.com, "Cooperative Baptists, ‘different kind of Baptist,’ meet at BJCC," 21 June 2019 Sanders is beloved by Trump supporters and a star in conservative media circles, but is far less popular with moderates and Democrats who have decried her combative attitude toward the media. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Will Sarah Huckabee Sanders End Up on Television?," 14 June 2019 There is division in the field between moderates and progressives. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Sanders' speech sparks debate on democratic socialism," 12 June 2019 John Walsh’s campaign has argued the former U.S. attorney can win over moderates with his prosecutorial past. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: The inside scoop on first gentleman Marlon Reis, reinsurance program moves forward, and who is the most electable in the 2020 Senate race?," 13 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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