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Meaning of moderate by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English moderat, from Latin moderātus, perfect active participle of moderor ( “regulate, restrain, moderate” ), from moder-, modes-, a stem appearing also in modestus ( “moderate, discreet, modest” ), from modus ( “measure” ); see mode and modest .


    • Adjective, noun:
      • ( UK ): IPA: /ˈmɒdərət/, X-SAMPA: /"mQd@r@t/
      • ( US ): enPR: mäd'ər-ət, IPA: /ˈmɑdərət/, X-SAMPA: /"mAd@r@t/
    • Verb:
      • ( UK ): IPA: /ˈmɒdəreɪt/, X-SAMPA: /"mQd@reIt/
      • ( US ): enPR: mäd'ə-rāt, IPA: /ˈmɑdəreɪt/, X-SAMPA: /"mAd@reIt/


    moderate ( comparative more moderate, superlative most moderate )

    1. Not excessive; acting in moderation
    2. Mediocre
    3. Average priced; standard-deal
    4. ( US, politics ) Having an intermediate position between liberal and conservative .

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    • See also Wikisaurus:moderate
    • See also Wikisaurus:intermediate


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    See also

    • moderate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • moderate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Explanation of moderate by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make less fast or intense

    2. moderate your speed
    3. restrain

    4. preside over

    5. John moderated the discussion
    6. make less strong or intense

    7. make less severe or harsh

    8. He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears
    9. lessen the intensity of

    10. moderate your alcohol intake
    1. not extreme

    2. a moderate penalty
    3. being within reasonable or average limits

    4. 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
    5. marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes

    6. moderate in his demands
    1. a person who takes a position in the political center

    Definition of moderate by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Moderate a. [L. moderatus, p. p. of moderate, moderati, to moderate, regulate, control, fr. modus measure. See Mode.] Kept within due bounds; observing reasonable limits; not excessive, extreme, violent, or rigorous; limited; restrained; as: Limited in quantity; sparing; temperate; frugal; as, “moderate in eating or drinking; a moderate table”. Limited in degree of activity, energy, or excitement; reasonable; calm; slow; as, “moderate language; moderate endeavors.” Not extreme in opinion, in partisanship, and the like; as, “a moderate Calvinist; a moderate Republican”.

      A number of moderate members managed . . . to obtain a majority in a thin house. Swift.

      Not violent or rigorous; temperate; mild; gentle; as, “a moderate winter”. “Moderate showers.” Walter. Limited as to degree of progress; as, “to travel at moderate speed”. Limited as to the degree in which a quality, principle, or faculty appears; as, “an infusion of moderate strength; a man of moderate abilities”. Limited in scope or effects; as, “a reformation of a moderate kind”. Hooker.

    2. Moderate, n. ( Eccl. Hist. ) 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.

    3. Moderate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Moderated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Moderating.]
      1. 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.”

      By its astringent quality, it moderates the relaxing quality of warm water. Arbuthnot.

      To moderate stiff minds disposed to strive. Spenser.

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

    4. Moderate, v. i.
      1. To become less violent, severe, rigorous, or intense; as, “the wind has moderated”.

      2. To preside as a moderator.

      Dr. Barlow [was] engaged . . . to moderate for him in the divinity disputation. Bp. Barlow's Remains ( 1693 ).