moderate

adjective
mod·​er·​ate | \ ˈmä-d(ə-)rət How to pronounce moderate (audio) \

Definition of moderate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : avoiding extremes of behavior or expression : observing reasonable limits a moderate drinker
b : calm, temperate Though very much in favor of the measure, he expressed himself in moderate language.
2a : tending toward the mean or average amount or dimension a family of moderate income
b : having average or less than average quality : mediocre wrote moderate poetry to the end of his life— Carl Van Doren
3 : not violent, severe, or intense a moderate climate moderate winters cook over moderate heat
4 : professing or characterized by political or social beliefs that are not extreme had left-wing, moderate, and right-wing candidates vying for the nomination
5 : limited in scope or effect His new wealth had only a moderate effect on his way of life.
6 : not expensive : reasonable or low in price a moderate price for a new house
7 of a color : of medium lightness and medium chroma a moderate red

moderate

verb
mod·​er·​ate | \ ˈmä-də-ˌrāt How to pronounce moderate (audio) \
moderated; moderating

Definition of moderate (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to lessen the intensity or extremeness of the sun moderated the chill
2 : to preside over or act as chairman of moderated the board of directors meeting moderated the debate

intransitive verb

1 : to act as a moderator He moderated on a weekly panel show.
2 : to become less violent, severe, or intense the wind began to moderate

moderate

noun
mod·​er·​ate | \ ˈmä-d(ə-)rət How to pronounce moderate (audio) \

Definition of moderate (Entry 3 of 3)

: one who holds moderate views or who belongs to a group favoring a moderate course or program

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Other Words from moderate

Adjective

moderateness noun

Verb

moderation \ ˌmä-​də-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce moderate (audio) \ noun

Examples of moderate in a Sentence

Adjective Her doctor recommended moderate exercise. There were moderate levels of chemicals in the lake. drinking moderate amounts of coffee Most of these medicines relieve mild to moderate pain. a family of moderate income a book of moderate length The group met with only moderate success. a writer of moderate talent The hotel offers comfortable rooms at moderate prices. Both moderate Democrats and moderate Republicans can agree on this new law. Verb The protesters have been unwilling to moderate their demands. She moderates at our office meetings. She moderates our discussions so that we don't argue or talk at the same time. Noun Moderates from both political parties have agreed on an economic plan. to the community's detriment, moderates were often shouted down at town meetings by the local hotheads
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The safety-net measure had a price tag of $3.5 trillion but is expected to be scaled back to $2 trillion or less to meet the objections of moderate Democrats, including Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Arkansas Online, 23 Oct. 2021 But several moderate Democrats have defended the filibuster, resisting calls for a limited revocation of the procedure for high-priority bills. Sabrina Siddiqui, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021 The great majority of Democrats support the idea of a carbon tax – 94% of liberal Democrats and 84% of moderate Democrats. Hersh Shefrin, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Biden says the price tag will now be between $1.9 and $2.2 trillion, a significant drop from his original $3.5 trillion proposal to try and lower more moderate Democrats. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 21 Oct. 2021 The child tax credit, however, has become embroiled in the battle to reduce the size of the bill to gain the approval of Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, both moderate Democrats who have demanded the package be slashed. Tami Luhby, CNN, 21 Oct. 2021 The centerpiece of President Biden’s climate agenda is running into opposition from key moderate Democrats, raising questions about whether Congress will pass legislation that significantly slows global warming. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2021 Still, any signs of failure in Glasgow would further diminish Biden’s standing with U.S. progressives already upset by his willingness to negotiate with moderate Democrats like Manchin over his climate priorities. Justin Sink, Fortune, 14 Oct. 2021 Feeling rather summery on Friday with partly to mostly sunny skies, highs in the mid-80s, and moderate humidity (dew points in the mid-60s). Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The group maintained its view that the global growth will moderate to 4.9% in 2022. Yuka Hayashi, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 Some in this group are drunk on Chinese money, and some are blinded by a naïve hope that China will moderate. Tom Cotton, National Review, 12 Oct. 2021 But analysts are hoping that the market will moderate in the months ahead. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 28 Sep. 2021 And many analysts predicted home price gains would moderate soon, because incomes can’t support continued price appreciation at the 20% levels seen earlier this year. Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, the constant refrain from advocates that more supply will moderate prices seems to have become more accepted. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Aug. 2021 For months, Biden officials have offered the hopeful rationale that the Taliban might moderate their behavior once in power to win diplomatic recognition and foreign aid. New York Times, 15 Aug. 2021 Conditions should moderate in cities near the coast over the coming days, but hot conditions won't let up in more interior areas for the foreseeable future. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Inflation is expected to moderate next year to a level of 2.4%, according to the group. CBS News, 27 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Systemic treatments: These may be used to help people with severe cases of scalp psoriasis, or for people with scalp psoriasis and moderate-to-severe whole body psoriasis. Sara Gaynes Levy, SELF, 11 Oct. 2021 The 64-year-old former foreign minister was once seen as an indecisive moderate. Arkansas Online, 30 Sep. 2021 The 64-year-old former foreign minister was once seen as an indecisive moderate. Mari Yamaguchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Sep. 2021 As a committed moderate in an evenly divided upper chamber, Manchin by contrast is often the deciding vote on partisan matters like Democrats' $2.1 trillion pandemic stimulus package and the confirmations of executive branch leaders. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2021 The Nebraska moderate, and other holdouts, forced concessions. John Harwood, CNN, 25 July 2021 Also flashing a green light — for now — is Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, a moderate who helped write the bipartisan infrastructure compromise. Alan Fram, ajc, 7 Aug. 2021 The leading Democrat is Rep. Tim Ryan, a moderate who ran briefly for president in 2020 and who entered July with $2.5 million in the bank. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 The leading Democrat is Representative Tim Ryan, a moderate who ran briefly for president in 2020, and who entered July with $2.5 million in the bank. New York Times, 17 July 2021

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First Known Use of moderate

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1648, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moderate

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

Middle English, from Latin moderatus, from past participle of moderare to moderate; akin to Latin modus measure

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moderate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of moderate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: average in size or amount : neither too much nor too little
: neither very good nor very bad
: not expensive : not too high in price

moderate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of moderate (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make (something) less harsh, strong, or severe or to become less harsh, strong, or severe
: to guide a discussion or direct a meeting that involves a group of people

moderate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of moderate (Entry 3 of 3)

: a person whose political ideas are not extreme : a person who has moderate opinions or is a member of a moderate political group

moderate

adjective
mod·​er·​ate | \ ˈmä-də-rət How to pronounce moderate (audio) \

Kids Definition of moderate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : neither too much nor too little moderate heat
2 : neither very good nor very bad moderate success
3 : not expensive : reasonable moderate rates
4 : not extreme or excessive a moderate point of view a moderate eater

Other Words from moderate

moderately adverb

moderate

verb
mod·​er·​ate | \ ˈmä-də-ˌrāt How to pronounce moderate (audio) \
moderated; moderating

Kids Definition of moderate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become less extreme or severe

moderate

adjective
mod·​er·​ate | \ ˈmäd-(ə-)rət How to pronounce moderate (audio) \

Medical Definition of moderate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : avoiding extremes of behavior : observing reasonable limits a moderate drinker
2 : not severe in effect or degree moderate alcohol consumption the abdomen was mildly distended with moderate tenderness— Timothy Melester et al. moderate developmental disabilities

moderate

transitive verb
mod·​er·​ate | \ ˈmäd-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce moderate (audio) \
moderated; moderating

Medical Definition of moderate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to reduce the speed or energy of (neutrons)

Other Words from moderate

moderation \ ˌmäd-​ə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce moderate (audio) \ noun

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