What does moderate mean?

Definitions for moderate
ˈmɒd ər ɪt, ˈmɒd rɪt; -əˌreɪtmod·er·ate

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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)



  1. Moderate(v. t.)

    To preside over, direct, or regulate, as a public meeting or a discussion; as, to moderate a synod; to moderate a debate.


  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

  14. Origin: [L. moderatus, p. p. of moderate, moderati, to moderate, regulate, control, fr. modus measure. See Mode.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Moderate

    mod′ėr-āt, v.t. to keep within measure or bounds: to regulate: to reduce in intensity: to make temperate or reasonable: to pacify: to decide as a moderator.—v.i. to become less violent or intense: to preside or act as a moderator.—adj. kept within measure or bounds: not excessive or extreme: temperate: of middle rate.—n. one of a party in Scottish Church history dominant in the 18th century, lax in doctrine and discipline, but intolerant of Evangelicanism and popular rights—it caused the secessions of 1733 and 1761, and its final resultant was the Disruption of 1843.—adv. Mod′erately.—ns. Mod′erateness; Moderā′tion, act of moderating: state of being moderated or moderate: freedom from excess: calmness of mind; Mod′eratism, moderate opinions in religion or politics.—adv. Moderä′to (mus.), with moderate quickness.—ns. Mod′erātor, one who, or that which, moderates or restrains: a president or chairman, esp. in Presbyterian Church courts: an officer at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge who superintends the examination for degrees: a kind of lamp in which the flow of the oil to the wick is regulated:—fem. Mod′eratrix; Mod′eratorship. [L. moderāri, -ātusmodus, a measure.]

Editors Contribution

  1. moderate

    A reasonable and fair amount, number or perception.

    He earned a moderate income, enough to meet his required need.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 26, 2015  
  2. moderate

    Balanced and reasonable.

    Their father held a moderate opinion and view in politics and religion.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 24, 2016  
  3. moderate

    Balanced in amount, degree and opinion.

    He was a moderate person and had a beautiful calm demeanor when he spoke.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 29, 2016  

British National Corpus

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of moderate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of moderate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of moderate in a Sentence

  1. Omar Mushaweh:

    The West describes the Brotherhood group as fundamentalist and religious, and some parties want to put them in the category of terrorism, the fact is that the Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate Islamist movement that accepts political pluralism and receives great harm from terrorist movements. It is an anti-terrorist movement of all kinds, including against the state terrorism by Bashar al-Assad.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    I did advocate early on when I was still secretary of state for more help to the moderate rebels against Assad in Syria.

  3. Michael Fallon:

    I appeal to all moderate MPs (lawmakers), to put our national security first and to support building four new Trident submarines, spread across the 30-year life of the new boats, this represents an annual insurance premium of around 0.13 percent of total government spending.

  4. Kamel Kabtane:

    It's an effort towards moderate Islam, you can't deliver the same message here as in Kabul or Mali.

  5. Patrick Ryder:

    They have increased the number of strikes against ISIL, particularly in Raqqa, Deir-ez-Zor and down in some of the oil infrastructure in eastern Syria, southeastern Syria, however the majority of Russian air strikes are still against moderate Syrian opposition forces, which is clearly concerning, and those strikes are in support of the Syrian regime.

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  • معتدلArabic
  • moderatCatalan, Valencian
  • moderovat, mírnýCzech
  • moderieren, moderatGerman
  • moderada, moderado, moderar, mediocreSpanish
  • maltillinen, moderoida, tasoittaa, juontaa, keskinkertainen, tasoittua, kohtuullinen, tasaantua, sovitella, vaatimaton, kohtalainen, kohtuullistaaFinnish
  • modérer, modéré, modéréeFrench
  • réasúntaIrish
  • cuibheasachScottish Gaelic
  • मध्यमHindi
  • moderato, moderareItalian
  • modereren, gematigde, matig, middelmatig, temperen, bemiddelen, matigen, gematigd, doorsnee, milderenDutch
  • umiarkowanyPolish
  • moderadoPortuguese
  • centrist, moderată, modera, moderat, mediu, centristă, mediocră, mediocru, mijlocie, mijlociuRomanian
  • средний, умеренный, заурядный, посредственныйRussian
  • மிதமானTamil
  • మోస్తరుTelugu
  • ılımlıTurkish
  • помірнийUkrainian
  • اعتدال پسندUrdu

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