temperate

adjective
tem·​per·​ate | \ ˈtem-p(ə-)rət How to pronounce temperate (audio) \

Definition of temperate

1a : having a moderate climate which especially lacks extremes in temperature
b : found in or associated with a moderate climate temperate insects
2 : marked by moderation: such as
a : keeping or held within limits : not extreme or excessive : mild
b : moderate in indulgence of appetite or desire
c : moderate in the use of alcoholic beverages
d : marked by an absence or avoidance of extravagance, violence, or extreme partisanship
3 : existing as a prophage in infected cells and rarely causing lysis temperate bacteriophages

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Other Words from temperate

temperately adverb
temperateness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for temperate

Synonyms

moderate

Antonyms

immoderate, intemperate

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Examples of temperate in a Sentence

They had a temperate discussion. He is a temperate man.

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Forest restoration is also urgently needed in other types of forests across the world, such as seasonally dry tropical forests and temperate forests that are heavily managed for timber. Robin Chazdon, Quartz Africa, "Scientists are mapping out how to restore tropical rainforests around the world," 7 July 2019 Alaska’s environment does not lend itself to the prolific game numbers found in more temperate climates. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Is Alaska a good place for a big-game hunter? Yes and no.," 2 July 2019 The city is nearly 5,000 feet above sea level and usually maintains a temperate climate, Guy said. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Guadalajara, Mexico, blanketed in freak hailstorm," 1 July 2019 The city is nearly 5,000 feet above sea level and usually maintains a temperate climate, Guy said. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "A Mexican city was covered in ice after a freakish summer hailstorm," 1 July 2019 Fly Up to Fox Glacier for an Icy Adventure There are only two places in the world where glaciers drop down all the way to temperate rainforests instead of thriving only on remote mountain peaks, and New Zealand is one of them. Liz Carlson, Outside Online, "8 Can't-Miss New Zealand Adventures," 24 June 2019 Tropical rainforests are found near the equator, with high average temperatures and humidity, while temperate rainforests lie mostly in coastal, mountainous areas within the mid-latitudes. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Rainforests, explained," 15 May 2019 While Americans tend to associate brown bears with temperate, coniferous forests, there are global populations in places as dry and barren as the Gobi Desert. Brent Crane, Discover Magazine, "Grizzly Bears Might Return to California. Is the State Ready?," 12 Mar. 2019 But for this urban dweller, an Appalachian temperate rainforest was enough to rouse a faint tug of dread—in a good way. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Introducing Blackberry Mountain, the Idyllic New Resort from Blackberry Farm," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of temperate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for temperate

Middle English temperat, temperate "restrained, moderate in nature or habits, having the bodily humors in balanced proportion, moderate in temperature or climate," borrowed from Latin temperātus "(of persons) restrained, (of temperature or climate) moderate, between extremes," from past participle of temperāre "to exercise moderation, moderate" — more at temper entry 2

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The first known use of temperate was in the 14th century

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temperate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of temperate

: having temperatures that are not too hot or too cold
formal : emotionally calm and controlled
old-fashioned : avoiding behavior that goes beyond what is normal, healthy, or acceptable

temperate

adjective
tem·​per·​ate | \ ˈtem-pə-rət How to pronounce temperate (audio) , -prət\

Kids Definition of temperate

1 : keeping or held within limits : not extreme or excessive temperate pride
2 : not drinking much liquor
3 : showing self-control Though angry, he used temperate language.
4 : having a mild climate that is not too hot or too cold

temperate

adjective
tem·​per·​ate | \ ˈtem-p(ə-)rət How to pronounce temperate (audio) \

Medical Definition of temperate

1 : marked by moderation especially : moderate in the use of intoxicating liquors
2 : existing as a prophage in infected cells and rarely causing lysis temperate bacteriophages

Other Words from temperate

temperately adverb

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