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

Select a delicate cycle on your machine, cold or warm water, and a low or moderate spin speed. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean White Vans so They Look Brand New," 17 May 2019 The pilot ejected moments before impact, sustaining moderate injuries. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Last Year's F-15 Fighter Crash Was Due to “Pilot Error,” Report Says," 25 Apr. 2019 Barry is often considered a conservative-leaning moderate. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Maryanne Trump Barry and Donald Trump Seem to Lead Different Lives—But Their Stories Are Intertwined," 16 Apr. 2019 She is widely viewed as the most moderate Republican senator, and famously defected from her party to help sink Obamacare repeal last year. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Susan Collins will vote for Brett Kavanaugh, making his confirmation nearly certain," 5 Oct. 2018 Conservatives are hoping to win over at least some moderate Democratic senators to solidify Kavanaugh's chances. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh visits Capitol Hill as activists gird for battle," 10 July 2018 One is if the more moderate Republican senators like Maine’s Susan Collins balk at Trump’s nomination. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy gives Trump a chance to remake America.," 27 June 2018 The prospects for the nominee’s confirmation will most likely come down to how a handful of moderate senators will vote. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Anthony Kennedy’s Exit May Echo for Generations," 27 June 2018 April marks the 25th anniversary of the start of the Rwandan genocide, in which almost 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were indiscriminately set upon and murdered—in their homes, in schools, in churches and in the open air. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Legacy of an African Genocide," 1 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Anne McElvoy, senior editor of The Economist, moderated the conversation. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Watch Meghan Markle Speak About Women's Empowerment on an International Women's Day Panel," 8 Mar. 2019 Already, the Dow has moderated some of its losses, having fallen as much as 280 points during the day. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Gold and Defense Stocks Rise as Donald Trump Cancels North Korea Summit," 24 May 2018 Pomfret School History Chair Katie Wells moderated the talk. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Pomfret School Alumni Share Thoughts On Trump, Putin, Jinping," 21 May 2018 Duque moved to moderate his positions in the final weeks of the campaign in a bid to soften his image for centrist voters. Chris Kraul, latimes.com, "Right-wing former senator wins Colombia's presidential election, beating left-wing former guerrilla," 18 June 2018 The extremes of the Gilded Age were moderated in the Progressive Era that followed. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "In the second Gilded Age, the mansions get bigger, and the homeless get closer," 16 May 2018 In recent months, the governor has moderated his tone and made overtures to Democratic-leaning voters with efforts to bolster health care and education. Thomas Beaumont And Scott Bauer, chicagotribune.com, "Former epicenter of GOP resurgence, Dems see Wisconsin as ground zero for their party's revival," 19 Apr. 2018 The party, which has worked to moderate its image in past years, gained on a backlash against the challenges of integrating hundreds of thousands of immigrants that arrived in the Scandinavian nation of 10 million over the past years. Fox News, "The Latest: Sweden faces uncertainty after close election," 10 Sep. 2018 The Official Peloton Member page, first started by a member in 2015 and now moderated by the brand, has amassed 160,000 members around the world. Leah Groth, Glamour, "Peloton’s Online Community Is Changing the Fitness Game for Moms," 9 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are also two immigration bills being debated in the House, but conservatives say the compromise legislation that GOP leaders helped negotiate with moderates is inadequate. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Silicon Valley weighs in on border policy as outrage rises," 19 June 2018 Newsletter Sign-up Mr. Kudlow is one of the administration’s main trade moderates and, along with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, has been exploring with Chinese officials ways to come up with a deal that could pass muster with Mr. Trump. Bob Davis, WSJ, "Larry Kudlow Voices Skepticism Over Trump-Xi Trade Meeting," 27 Nov. 2018 Well, patriotic moderates of whatever (or no) party can only pray. Logan Jenkins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For true moderates, New Yorker tops Dem dream ticket," 9 July 2018 Democrats who plan to oppose Trump's nominee are focusing on two Republican moderates, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, hoping to turn them against Trump's selection. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Brett Kavanaugh is President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court," 9 July 2018 Ayres, who aligns with GOP moderates, has pressed his party to broaden its appeal. Bill Lambrecht, Houston Chronicle, "Immigration turmoil widens political divide, turns into political leverage," 22 June 2018 The very liberal want to hear more about social justice and DACA, while moderates, less so. CBS News, "CBS News Battleground Tracker: A closer look at the parties," 3 June 2018 Or maybe former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg could own a lane as a moderate who likes to talk about climate change. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The comically large 2020 Democratic field, explained," 17 Dec. 2018 The stand underscored just how much Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat long known as a mild-mannered moderate, has embraced a newly combative persona — and is betting on fiery opposition to Trump as a key to his reelection this fall. Jonathan Tamari, Philly.com, "Bob Casey won't consider Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh. GOP hopes to make him pay," 10 July 2018

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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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