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

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Examples of temperate in a Sentence

They had a temperate discussion. He is a temperate man.
Recent Examples on the Web Cities will feel the heat sooner: Temperatures in cities such as Moscow, London, Seattle are expected to shift from temperate to sub-tropical, rising 3.5° C to 6° C above normal, according to 2019 research in PLOS One. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "The first three months of 2020 are already nearing temperature records," 22 Apr. 2020 Even in Houston, the temperate location of the women’s Open, the U.S.G.A. has had to make concessions to accommodate a winter start. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "U.S. Women’s Open Postponed Until December," 3 Apr. 2020 Abundant channel cat and temperate bass such as hybrid stripers, white bass and striped bass are huge draws for fun-fishing crowds, but Tawakoni’s trophy blue cat fishery is quickly gaining popularity with those looking for quality over quantity. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Big fish story: Local guide has a knack for finding whoppers," 14 Mar. 2020 Skateboarders migrated to the city en masse in the 1990s and early 2000s for the same reasons as artists: open minds, temperate weather and cheap rent. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Skate craft," 11 Mar. 2020 In temperate parts of the world, flu exhibits strong seasonal patterns and tends to peak in the winter. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "What Could Warming Mean for Pathogens like Coronavirus?," 9 Mar. 2020 These could come in the form of large, rotating space colonies, like O'Neill Cylinders, placed at a nice, temperate, average Earth–Sun distances, and in safe zones where Swarm solar collecting units would not swoop through. Adam Hadhazy, Popular Mechanics, "Could We Build a Dyson Sphere?," 28 Feb. 2020 Doggerland transformed from a temperate, forested plain into an estuarial wetland dotted by drier highlands. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "Relics washed up on beaches reveal lost world beneath the North Sea," 30 Jan. 2020 Glaciers also move on their insides, especially in Iceland, where the glaciers are made of temperate ice, which exists right at the melting point. Sari Botton, Longreads, "Memorializing a Glacier and Hoping for the Future," 24 Oct. 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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18 May 2020

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“Temperate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temperate. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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


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


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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