moderator

noun

mod·​er·​a·​tor ˈmä-də-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce moderator (audio)
plural moderators
1
: someone who presides over an assembly, meeting, or discussion: such as
a
: the chairman of a discussion group
b
: a person who administers an online forum, chat room, or group
c
: the nonpartisan presiding officer of a town meeting
d
: the presiding officer of a Presbyterian governing body
2
: one who arbitrates : mediator
3
: a substance (such as graphite) used for slowing neutrons in a nuclear reactor
moderatorship noun

Examples of moderator in a Sentence

The moderator allowed audience members to ask the governor questions. She acts as the moderator in our office meetings.
Recent Examples on the Web The individual who made the post was banned from the page, moderator Brock Organ wrote on Thursday, May 30. Brian Brant, Peoplemag, 7 June 2024 Another Facebook group moderator, who goes by the name Tiffany Howes on Facebook, came to Mckinney's defense, as have many members of the group, in an emotional post on June 1. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 6 June 2024 Goldberg has sat out Friday episodes for years, with longtime panelist Joy Behar typically filling in for her as moderator on those days. EW.com, 31 May 2024 Commission debates have traditionally been carried by all networks without commercial breaks or glaring promotional overlays and constant haggling over format, moderators, locations and myriad other issues. Major Garrett, CBS News, 31 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for moderator 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of moderator was circa 1560

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Cite this Entry

“Moderator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moderator. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

moderator

noun
mod·​er·​a·​tor ˈmäd-ə-ˌrāt-ər How to pronounce moderator (audio)
1
: one that moderates: as
a
: the leader of a Presbyterian governing body
b
: the chairperson of a town meeting
c
: the chairperson of a discussion group (as on television)
2
: a substance (as graphite) used for slowing down neutrons in a nuclear reactor

Medical Definition

moderator

noun
mod·​er·​a·​tor ˈmäd-ə-ˌrāt-ər How to pronounce moderator (audio)
: a substance (as graphite, deuterium in heavy water, or beryllium) used for slowing down neutrons in a nuclear reactor

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