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 Acknowledging this likely turn of events, Sohil Sud, M.D., an associate professor of pediatrics at UCSF, says conducting pod activities outdoors can help, though that will be easier for families in more temperate parts of the country. Gail Cornwall, Good Housekeeping, "Is It Possible to Create Homeschooling Pods and Microschools Without "Opportunity Hoarding"?," 28 July 2020 Known as the Alaska Panhandle, Southeast Alaska is part of the world’s largest temperate rainforest. Jenna Schnuer, Anchorage Daily News, "Kodiak and the Alaska Panhandle: Lush green landscapes are just the beginning," 28 May 2020 But how did Antarctica sustain temperate rainforests without year-round sunlight? Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Evidence of ancient rainforests found in Antarctica," 1 Apr. 2020 The Avon High School cheerleaders are getting a chance to sample the temperate winter weather in Florida that so many Super Bowl fans were able to enjoy. cleveland, "Avon cheerleaders escaping to sunny Florida for national cheerleading championship," 2 Feb. 2020 Visit in October to avoid the summer crowds while still making the most of temperate weather on this perfect weekend itinerary. Danielle Page, National Geographic, "Why is this Bronze Age town so popular today?," 4 Nov. 2019 The music continued into the evening as the audience enjoyed the break in cold weather on a more temperate Houston day. Sarah Sarder, Houston Chronicle, "Karbach's Rodeo Clown Roundup brings out country music fans," 16 Feb. 2020 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

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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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10 Aug 2020

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“Temperate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temperate. Accessed 10 Aug. 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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