moderator

noun
mod·​er·​a·​tor | \ ˈmä-də-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce moderator (audio) \
plural moderators

Definition of moderator

1 : one who presides over an assembly, meeting, or discussion: such as
a : the chairman of a discussion group
b : the nonpartisan presiding officer of a town meeting
c : 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

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Other Words from moderator

moderatorship \ ˈmä-​də-​ˌrā-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce moderator (audio) \ 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 Kevin Clayton, vice president for diversity, inclusion and community engagement for the Cleveland Cavaliers served as the moderator. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Women must battle double standards, other challenges to succeed in the business of sports," 30 Apr. 2021 The Oscar winners will be joined by by Academy Museum trustee Diane von Furstenberg as host and the museum's chief artistic and programming officer, Jacqueline Stewart, as moderator. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "The Academy Museum is finally ready to open: Here's everything to know about it," 22 Apr. 2021 Carroll County Times editor Bob Blubaugh will serve as the moderator for the event. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Community Media Center to hold virtual New Windsor Town Council candidates forum," 22 Apr. 2021 The group is private, but Evans serves as the moderator and has been accepting anyone who wants to join. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Searching for a COVID vaccine appointment? This Facebook group wants to help you," 5 Apr. 2021 The 57-year-old Underwood, who had been acting as moderator on the CBS roundtable while co-host Carrie Ann Inaba is out sick, addressed Osbourne’s outburst on the Friday and Saturday episodes of her podcast. Christie D'zurilla, chicagotribune.com, "As Sharon Osbourne drama plays out, Sheryl Underwood is chill: ‘Forgiveness first’," 18 Mar. 2021 The 57-year-old Underwood, who had been acting as moderator on the CBS roundtable while cohost Carrie Ann Inaba is out sick, addressed Osbourne’s outburst on the Friday and Saturday episodes of her podcast. Los Angeles Times, "As Sharon Osbourne drama plays out, Sheryl Underwood is chill: ‘Forgiveness first’," 17 Mar. 2021 Brian Smith, associate commissioner for Hockey East, served as the moderator. Andrew Mahoney, BostonGlobe.com, "College hockey creates new initiative to foster conversation about cultural change in the sport," 11 Feb. 2021 Several viewers expressed frustration with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace’s performance as moderator of the first presidential debate between Trump and Biden on Sept. 29. Washington Post, "Why these Fox News loyalists have changed the channel to Newsmax," 27 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of moderator

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of moderator was circa 1560

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15 May 2021

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“Moderator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moderator. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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moderator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of moderator

: someone who leads a discussion in a group and tells each person when to speak : someone who moderates a meeting or discussion

moderator

noun
mod·​er·​a·​tor | \ ˈmäd-ə-ˌrāt-ər How to pronounce moderator (audio) \

Medical Definition of moderator

: a substance (as graphite, deuterium in heavy water, or beryllium) used for slowing down neutrons in a nuclear reactor

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