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moderate

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adjective mod·er·ate \ˈmä-d(ə-)rət\

Definition of moderate

  1. 1a :  avoiding extremes of behavior or expression :  observing reasonable limits a moderate drinkerb :  calm, temperate Though very much in favor of the measure, he expressed himself in moderate language.

  2. 2a :  tending toward the mean or average amount or dimension a family of moderate incomeb :  having average or less than average quality :  mediocre wrote moderate poetry to the end of his life — Carl Van Doren

  3. 3 :  not violent, severe, or intense a moderate climate moderate winters cook over moderate heat

  4. 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. 5 :  limited in scope or effect His new wealth had only a moderate effect on his way of life.

  6. 6 :  not expensive :  reasonable or low in price a moderate price for a new house

  7. 7 of a color :  of medium lightness and medium chroma a moderate red

moderately

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moderateness

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Examples of moderate in a Sentence

  1. Her doctor recommended moderate exercise.

  2. There were moderate levels of chemicals in the lake.

  3. drinking moderate amounts of coffee

  4. Most of these medicines relieve mild to moderate pain.

  5. a family of moderate income

  6. a book of moderate length

  7. The group met with only moderate success.

  8. a writer of moderate talent

  9. The hotel offers comfortable rooms at moderate prices.

  10. Both moderate Democrats and moderate Republicans can agree on this new law.

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Origin and Etymology of moderate

Middle English, from Latin moderatus, from past participle of moderare to moderate; akin to Latin modus measure


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moderate

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verb mod·er·ate \ˈmä-də-ˌrāt\

Definition of moderate

moderated

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moderating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lessen the intensity or extremeness of the sun moderated the chill

  3. 2 :  to preside over or act as chairman of moderated the board of directors meeting moderated the debate

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to act as a moderator He moderated on a weekly panel show.

  6. 2 :  to become less violent, severe, or intense the wind began to moderate

moderation

play \ˌmä-də-ˈrā-shən\ noun

Examples of moderate in a Sentence

  1. The protesters have been unwilling to moderate their demands.

  2. She moderates at our office meetings.

  3. She moderates our discussions so that we don't argue or talk at the same time.

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Origin and Etymology of moderate

see 1moderate


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noun mod·er·ate \ˈmä-d(ə-)rət\

Definition of moderate

  1. :  one who holds moderate views or who belongs to a group favoring a moderate course or program

Examples of moderate in a Sentence

  1. Moderates from both political parties have agreed on an economic plan.

  2. to the community's detriment, moderates were often shouted down at town meetings by the local hotheads

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Origin and Etymology of moderate

see 1moderate


MODERATE Defined for English Language Learners

moderate

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Definition of moderate for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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verb

Definition of moderate for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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noun

Definition of moderate for English Language Learners

  • : a person whose political ideas are not extreme : a person who has moderate opinions or is a member of a moderate political group


MODERATE Defined for Kids

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moderate

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adjective mod·er·ate \ˈmä-də-rət\

Definition of moderate for Students

  1. 1 :  neither too much nor too little moderate heat

  2. 2 :  neither very good nor very bad moderate success

  3. 3 :  not expensive :  reasonable moderate rates

  4. 4 :  not extreme or excessive a moderate point of view a moderate eater

moderately

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moderate

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verb mod·er·ate \ˈmä-də-ˌrāt\

Definition of moderate for Students

moderated

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moderating

  1. :  to make or become less extreme or severe


Medical Dictionary

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moderate

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adjective mod·er·ate \ˈmäd-(ə-)rət\

Medical Definition of moderate

  1. 1:  avoiding extremes of behavior :  observing reasonable limits a moderate drinker

  2. 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


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transitive verb mod·er·ate \ˈmäd-ə-ˌrāt\

Medical Definition of moderate

moderated

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moderating

  1. :  to reduce the speed or energy of (neutrons)

moderation

\ˌmäd-ə-ˈrā-shən\play noun


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