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 By contrast, Gerald’s office appears temperate, even sweet. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 23 Sep. 2021 Over the month of June, multiple heat waves in the West set numerous records, with triple-digit temperatures in the normally temperate Pacific Northwest and northern Plains. Julia Musto, Fox News, 3 July 2021 Numerous all-time record high temperatures set on Sunday have been broken again after just 24 hours, as a historic heat wave continues to bring triple-digit heat to the usually temperate Pacific Northwest. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Herbert, born in a temperate corner of Washington, was no exception. Jason Kehe, Wired, 28 Sep. 2021 The period between early June and late August sees temperate weather for visiting natural wonders and experiencing the entire Ring Road, but bring a sleeping mask — at the height of summer, the sun sets for only three hours. Kaye Toal, Travel + Leisure, 29 June 2021 But for the most common grasses in the temperate part of the country, fall fertilization works best. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 10 Sep. 2021 Both the heat and a historic drought across the American West reflect climate change that makes weather more extreme in the historically temperate region. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Aug. 2021 The June heat in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia killed hundreds of people and was a wake-up call as climate change makes weather more extreme in the historically temperate region. Gillian Flaccus, ajc, 11 Aug. 2021

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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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“Temperate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temperate. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of temperate

: having temperatures that are not too hot or too cold
: emotionally calm and controlled
: 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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