Definitions for temperateˈtɛm pər ɪt, ˈtɛm prɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tem•per•ate*ˈtɛm pər ɪt, ˈtɛm prɪt(adj.)

  1. moderate or self-restrained; not extreme in opinion, statement, etc.

  2. moderate in any indulgence, as in the use of alcoholic liquors.

  3. (of things) not excessive in degree.

  4. moderate in respect to temperature; not subject to prolonged extremes of hot or cold weather.

    Category: Meteorology

  5. (of a virus) existing in infected host cells but rarely causing lysis.

    Category: Microbiology

* Syn: See moderate.

Origin of temperate:

1350–1400; ME < L temperātus, ptp. of temperāre. See temper , -ate1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. temperate(adj)

    (of weather or climate) free from extremes; mild; or characteristic of such weather or climate

    "a temperate region"; "the temperate zones"; "temperate plants"

  2. temperate(adj)

    not extreme in behavior

    "temperate in his habits"; "a temperate response to an insult"; "temperate in his eating and drinking"

  3. moderate, temperate(adj)

    not extreme

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


  1. temperate(Verb)

    To render temperate; to moderate; to soften; to temper.

  2. temperate(Adjective)

    Moderate; not excessive; as, temperate heat; a temperate climate.

  3. temperate(Adjective)

    Moderate in the indulgence of the natural appetites or passions; as, temperate in eating and drinking.

  4. temperate(Adjective)

    Proceeding from temperance.

  5. Origin: temperatus, past participle of tempero. See temper.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Temperate(verb)

    moderate; not excessive; as, temperate heat; a temperate climate

  2. Temperate(verb)

    not marked with passion; not violent; cool; calm; as, temperate language

  3. Temperate(verb)

    moderate in the indulgence of the natural appetites or passions; as, temperate in eating and drinking

  4. Temperate(verb)

    proceeding from temperance

  5. Temperate(verb)

    to render temperate; to moderate; to soften; to temper

Anagrams of temperate

  1. petameter

  2. petametre

Translations for temperate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of climate) neither too hot nor too cold.

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