Definitions for moderateˈmɒd ər ɪt, ˈmɒd rɪt; -əˌreɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mod•er•ate*ˈmɒd ər ɪt, ˈmɒd rɪt; -əˌreɪt(adj., n.; v.; adj.; n.)-at•ed, -at•ing.

  1. (adj.)kept or keeping within reasonable limits; not extreme, excessive, or intense:

    a moderate price.

  2. of medium quantity, extent, or amount:

    a moderate income.

  3. mediocre or fair:

    moderate talent.

  4. calm or mild, as of the weather.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Meteorology

  5. of or pertaining to moderates, as in politics or religion.

    Category: Government

  6. (n.)a person who is moderate in opinion or opposed to extreme views and actions, as in politics.

    Category: Government

  7. (v.t.)to reduce the excessiveness of; make less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous:

    to moderate one's criticism.

  8. to preside over or at (a public forum, meeting, discussion, etc.).

  9. (v.i.)to become less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous.

  10. to act as moderator; preside.

* Syn: moderate , temperate , reasonable imply the avoidance of excess, as in action, thought, or feeling. moderate describes something that is within reasonable limits: a moderate amount of exercise.temperate stresses caution, control, or self-restraint, esp. with reference to the appetites or emotions: a temperate discussion.reasonable suggests a limit imposed by reason or good sense: a reasonable request.

Origin of moderate:

1350–1400; ME < L moderātus, ptp. of moderārī to restrain, control, v. der. from base of modestus; see modest , -ate1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. centrist, middle of the roader, moderate, moderationist(adj)

    a person who takes a position in the political center

  2. moderate(adj)

    being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme

    "moderate prices"; "a moderate income"; "a moderate fine"; "moderate demands"; "a moderate estimate"; "a moderate eater"; "moderate success"; "a kitchen of moderate size"; "the X-ray showed moderate enlargement of the heart"

  3. moderate, temperate(adj)

    not extreme

    "a moderate penalty"; "temperate in his response to criticism"

  4. moderate, restrained(verb)

    marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes

    "moderate in his demands"; "restrained in his response"

  5. moderate, chair, lead(verb)

    preside over

    "John moderated the discussion"

  6. moderate(verb)

    make less fast or intense

    "moderate your speed"

  7. control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate(verb)

    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

    "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"

  8. mince, soften, moderate(verb)

    make less severe or harsh

    "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"

  9. tone down, moderate, tame(verb)

    make less strong or intense; soften

    "Tone down that aggressive letter"; "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"

  10. chasten, moderate, temper(verb)


Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. moderate(adjective)ˈmɒd ər ɪt, ˈmɒd rɪt; v. -əˌreɪt

    occurring somewhere between two extremes

    moderate political views; Temperatures remained moderate.; a moderate amount of work; moderately-priced cars; She was feeling moderately happy.

  2. moderate(noun)ˈmɒd ər ɪt, ˈmɒd rɪt; v. -əˌreɪt

    sb who has moderate political views

    a moderate in the Democratic party


  1. moderate(Noun)

    One who holds an intermediate position between the extremes relevant in a political context

    While the moderates usually propose political compromise, it's often only achieved when the extremists allow them so

  2. moderate(Noun)

    Similar middle-grounder in any other context.

    The moderates are the natural advocates of ecumenism against the fanatics of their churches

  3. moderate(Verb)

    To reduce the excessiveness of (something)

  4. moderate(Verb)

    To become less excessive

  5. moderate(Verb)

    To preside over (something) as a moderator

  6. moderate(Verb)

    To act as a moderator; to assist in bringing to compromise

  7. moderate(Adjective)

    Not excessive; acting in moderation

  8. moderate(Adjective)


  9. moderate(Adjective)

    Average priced; standard-deal

  10. moderate(Adjective)

    Having an intermediate position between liberal and conservative.

  11. Origin: From moderat, from moderatus, perfect active participle of moderor, from moder-, modes-, a stem appearing also in modestus, from modus; see mode and modest.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Moderate(adj)

    kept within due bounds; observing reasonable limits; not excessive, extreme, violent, or rigorous; limited; restrained

  2. Moderate(adj)

    limited in quantity; sparing; temperate; frugal; as, moderate in eating or drinking; a moderate table

  3. Moderate(adj)

    limited in degree of activity, energy, or excitement; reasonable; calm; slow; as, moderate language; moderate endeavors

  4. Moderate(adj)

    not extreme in opinion, in partisanship, and the like; as, a moderate Calvinist

  5. Moderate(adj)

    not violent or rigorous; temperate; mild; gentle; as, a moderate winter

  6. Moderate(adj)

    limited as to degree of progress; as, to travel at moderate speed

  7. Moderate(adj)

    limited as to the degree in which a quality, principle, or faculty appears; as, an infusion of moderate strength; a man of moderate abilities

  8. Moderate(adj)

    limited in scope or effects; as, a reformation of a moderate kind

  9. Moderate(noun)

    one of a party in the Church of Scotland in the 18th century, and part of the 19th, professing moderation in matters of church government, in discipline, and in doctrine

  10. Moderate(verb)

    to restrain from excess of any kind; to reduce from a state of violence, intensity, or excess; to keep within bounds; to make temperate; to lessen; to allay; to repress; to temper; to qualify; as, to moderate rage, action, desires, etc.; to moderate heat or wind

  11. Moderate(verb)

    to preside over, direct, or regulate, as a public meeting; as, to moderate a synod

  12. Moderate(verb)

    to become less violent, severe, rigorous, or intense; as, the wind has moderated

  13. Moderate(verb)

    to preside as a moderator


  1. Moderate

    In politics and religion, a moderate is an individual who is not extreme, partisan, nor radical. In recent years, the term political moderates has gained traction as a buzzword. The existence of the ideal moderate is disputed because of a lack of a moderate political ideology. Many people claim to be moderate because of a lack of adherence with the more radical sides of the political or religious spectrum, rather than advocating a specific stance. Aristotle favoured conciliatory politics dominated by the centre rather than the extremes of great wealth and poverty or the special interests of oligarchs and tyrants.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'moderate' in Adjectives Frequency: #827

Translations for moderate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


keeping within reasonable limits; not extreme

The prices were moderate; moderate opinions.

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