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)

    restrain

GCIDE

  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.

Wiktionary

  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

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

  2. moderate(Noun)

    Similar middle-grounder in any other context.

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

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

  3. moderate(Verb)

    To reduce the excessiveness of (something)

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

  4. moderate(Verb)

    To become less excessive

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

  5. moderate(Verb)

    To preside over (something) as a moderator

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

  6. moderate(Verb)

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

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

  7. moderate(Adjective)

    Not excessive; acting in moderation

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

  8. moderate(Adjective)

    Mediocre

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

  9. moderate(Adjective)

    Average priced; standard-deal

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

  10. moderate(Adjective)

    Having an intermediate position between liberal and conservative.

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Moderate(adj)

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

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

  3. Moderate(adj)

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

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

  4. Moderate(adj)

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

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

  5. Moderate(adj)

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

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

  6. Moderate(adj)

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

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

  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

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

  8. Moderate(adj)

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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  11. Moderate(verb)

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

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

  12. Moderate(verb)

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

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

  13. Moderate(verb)

    to preside as a moderator

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

Freebase

  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, number and opinion.

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

    Submitted by MaryC on December 29, 2016  

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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. Jim Angel:

    As a moderate, he may be offering some sort of aid and comfort to the notion of breaking up the banks.

  2. William Keeton:

    A mild to moderate drought may actually enhance fall foliage to some degree, so long as it didn't lead to a lot of' browning' or early leaf drop, then again, drought one year may mean less robust leaf production the next.

  3. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    We are looking for ways to streamline our train and equip program's vetting process to get more recruits into the training pipeline, we are also refining our curriculum, expanding our outreach to the moderate opposition, and incorporating lessons learned from the first training class.

  4. Baruch Spinoza:

    Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words.

  5. Amy Klobuchar:

    They're moderate Republicans and we need to win them to win the election.

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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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