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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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 His remarks also immediately trained attention back on West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat who is a bulwark against the power of progressives in the party and wants compromise with minority Republicans on big Biden agenda items. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump's Republicans assault democracy while Biden gets down to work," 7 May 2021 Even so, Biden, long a moderate Democrat, got the highest approval ratings among voters in college in the 21-year history of the youth poll. BostonGlobe.com, "Young people are politically engaged, pro-Biden, and depressed, study finds," 24 Apr. 2021 Manchin, the moderate Democrat from West Virginia, previously bucked his party by endorsing Republican Senator Susan Collins in 2020. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Democrat Joe Manchin backs Republican Lisa Murkowski for reelection," 23 Apr. 2021 Krewson, a moderate Democrat, opted not to seek a second term. Jim Salter, Star Tribune, "Reform-minded leaders now at the helm in St. Louis," 9 Apr. 2021 Campaign committees have also been formed — though well before Bonta’s appointment — by Rep. Lou Correa, a moderate Santa Ana Democrat, and former state Sen. Ellen Corbett, to raise money for possible runs for attorney general in 2022. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, "California attorney general-designee Rob Bonta is already gearing up for the 2022 election," 27 Mar. 2021 In Arizona, where Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a moderate Democrat, has been mum on her statehood position, billboards have sprouted up around Phoenix targeting her by name. Washington Post, "‘It’s not a local issue anymore’: D.C. statehood moves from political fringe to the center of the national Democratic agenda," 20 Mar. 2021 Cuomo was once embraced by many in the media and was seen as the moderate Democrat who could one day be the party’s presidential nominee. Fox News, "Cuomo: Nearly 50 New York lawmakers call for governor to either resign or be impeached," 8 Mar. 2021 After disavowing bipartisan negotiations in order to pass a sweeping relief bill opposed by the GOP, Biden now faces a scenario where a single balky moderate Democrat can upset his plans. Anchorage Daily News, "Senate Democrats announce deal on unemployment insurance, allowing Biden bill to move forward," 6 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That doesn’t mean e-commerce sales won’t moderate some as shoppers return to brick-and-mortar shops. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Shopify says vaccinations haven’t slowed down online shopping," 28 Apr. 2021 Afternoon highs climb all the way to 80 degrees or so, with light to moderate breezes from the south near 10 mph (with some gusts to about 20 mph). Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: First taste of summer heat poised for midweek arrival," 26 Apr. 2021 Bolsonaro appeared to moderate his tone on environmental issues during the summit, but critics have cast doubt on his new attitude. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "Biden aims to make the economic case for fighting climate change on second day of virtual summit," 23 Apr. 2021 The cold is expected to moderate and in its place, warm weather with severe storms is expected across the entire South for Friday and Saturday. Max Golembo, ABC News, "Severe storms to follow spring cold in South," 23 Apr. 2021 Temperatures are expected to moderate on Friday, with the next chance of rain expected by Friday night. Leigh Morgan, al, "Big cooldown coming to Alabama tomorrow," 20 Apr. 2021 Amazon said in January that Parler was unable to moderate a rise in violent content before, during and after the insurrection. Barbara Ortutay, Anchorage Daily News, "Apple signals return of right-wing ‘free speech’ app Parler," 20 Apr. 2021 Amazon said in January that Parler was unable to moderate a rise in violent content before, during and after the insurrection. Barbara Ortutay, ajc, "Apple signals return of right-wing 'free speech' app Parler," 19 Apr. 2021 Amazon claims Parler was taken off the internet on Jan. 10 because the platform was unable to moderate a rise in violent content before, during, and after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Amazon accusing Parler of attempting to conceal owners," 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two Democratic members of Congress made mayoral endorsements last week: Tom Suozzi, a moderate who represents parts of Queens and Long Island, and Yvette Clarke from Brooklyn, who has one of the most liberal voting records in Congress. New York Times, "Who Will ‘Vax Daddy’ Endorse? 5 Takeaways From N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race.," 12 Apr. 2021 Wilson, a moderate who had never lost an election in his political career, veered to the right to boost his sagging reelection chances, and the rest of the Republican Party followed. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "Column: In recall of governor, is California GOP smoking an exploding cigar?," 2 Apr. 2021 In clinical trials, the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines were found to be around 95 percent effective against Covid-19, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was 72 percent effective against moderate-to-severe illness in its U.S. trial. NBC News, "CDC: About 5,800 'breakthrough infections' reported in fully vaccinated people," 15 Apr. 2021 The World Health Organization reported in 2018 that 80 percent of children between ages 11 and 17 were not getting even an hour of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Move beyond your pandemic slump: Get up and get going," 6 Apr. 2021 Beaudreau's appointment is widely seen as an attempt to win favor from Murkowski, a moderate who is one of the few Senate Republicans willing to side with Democrats on contentious issues. Matthew Daly, Star Tribune, "White House drops Interior nominee after Murkowski objects," 23 Mar. 2021 The vaccine also appeared to be 66% effective at preventing moderate-to-severe COVID-19 infections (and around 74% when just looking at U.S. data), according to the FDA analysis. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine Just Received FDA Emergency Authorization," 27 Feb. 2021 Last month, Johnson & Johnson noted that its single-dose Covid-19 shot was 66% effective in preventing moderate-to-severe cases of Covid-19 based on a large global trial, putting its overall efficacy below Moderna’s shot. Trefis Team, Forbes, "Why Moderna Stock Is Down 25% Over The Last Month," 5 Mar. 2021 Despite the grilling, Garland, who is widely regarded as a pragmatic moderate, is expected to win bipartisan support for his confirmation. Lissandra Villa, Time, "'I Am Not The President's Lawyer.' Merrick Garland Vows Independence As Attorney General," 23 Feb. 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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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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