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Meaning of MODERATE

Pronunciation:  [n]'mâdu`rit, [v]'mâdu`reyt, 'mâdehrut

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person who takes a position in the political center
  2. [adj]  not extreme; "a moderate penalty"; "temperate in his response to criticism"
  3. [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"
  4. [adj]  marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes; "moderate in his demands"; "restrained in his response"
  5. [v]  make less strong or intense; soften; "Tone down that aggressive letter"; "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"
  6. [v]  make less fast or intense; "moderate your speed"
  7. [v]  restrain or temper
  8. [v]  preside over; "John moderated the discussion"
  9. [v]  make less severe or harsh; "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
  10. [v]  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"

MODERATE is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: average, cautious, centrist, chair, chasten, check, conservative, contain, control, curb, fair, fairish, hold, hold in, indifferent, intermediate, lead, limited, medium, middle of the roader, middle-of-the-road, mild, mince, minimalist, moderationist, modest, reasonable, restrained, small, soften, tame, temper, temperate, tone down
 Antonyms: immoderate
 See Also: abnegate, adult, alter, alter, bate, bound, catch, center, change, change, confine, conquer, counteract, countercheck, cricify, damp, decelerate, deny, discuss, grownup, hold back, inhibit, keep, keep back, limit, mortify, restrain, restrict, slow down, stamp down, subdue, suppress, talk over, thermostat, throttle, train, trammel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mod"er*ate\, 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:
    (a) Limited in quantity; sparing; temperate; frugal; as,
        moderate in eating or drinking; a moderate table.
    (b) Limited in degree of activity, energy, or excitement;
        reasonable; calm; slow; as, moderate language; moderate
    (c) Not extreme in opinion, in partisanship, and the like;
        as, a moderate Calvinist.
              A number of moderate members managed . . . to
              obtain a majority in a thin house.   --Swift.
    (d) Not violent or rigorous; temperate; mild; gentle; as, a
        moderate winter. ``Moderate showers.'' --Walter.
    (e) Limited as to degree of progress; as, to travel at
        moderate speed.
    (f) Limited as to the degree in which a quality, principle,
        or faculty appears; as, an infusion of moderate strength;
        a man of moderate abilities.
    (g) Limited in scope or effects; as, a reformation of a
        moderate kind. --Hooker.
  2. \Mod"er*ate\, 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. \Mod"er*ate\, 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.
    2. To preside over, direct, or regulate, as a public meeting;
       as, to moderate a synod.
  4. \Mod"er*ate\, 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
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