Definition of Moderate

1. Noun. A person who takes a position in the political center.

Exact synonyms: Centrist, Middle Of The Roader, Moderationist
Group relationships: Center
Generic synonyms: Adult, Grownup
Derivative terms: Centrism, Centrist

2. Verb. Preside over. "Sam and Sue moderate"; "John moderated the discussion"
Exact synonyms: Chair, Lead
Generic synonyms: Discuss, Hash Out, Talk Over
Derivative terms: Chair, Lead, Moderator

3. Adjective. Being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme. "The X-ray showed moderate enlargement of the heart"

4. Verb. Make less fast or intense. "Moderate your speed"
Generic synonyms: Decelerate, Slow Down
Derivative terms: Moderation

5. Adjective. Not extreme. "Temperate in his response to criticism"
Exact synonyms: Temperate
Similar to: Mild
Derivative terms: Moderateness

6. Verb. Lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits. "Control your anger"

7. Adjective. Marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes. "Restrained in his response"
Exact synonyms: Restrained
Similar to: Temperate
Derivative terms: Moderateness

8. Verb. Make less severe or harsh. "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
Exact synonyms: Mince, Soften
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Moderation

9. Verb. Make less strong or intense; soften. "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"
Exact synonyms: Tame, Tone Down
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Moderation

10. Verb. Restrain.
Exact synonyms: Chasten, Temper
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Moderator, Temper, Temper

Definition of Moderate

1. a. Kept within due bounds; observing reasonable limits; not excessive, extreme, violent, or rigorous; limited; restrained

2. n. 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. v. t. 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.

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

Definition of Moderate

1. Adjective. Not excessive; acting in moderation ¹

2. Adjective. Mediocre ¹

3. Adjective. Average priced; standard-deal ¹

4. Adjective. (US politics) Having an intermediate position between liberal and conservative. ¹

5. Noun. (context: politics) One who holds an intermediate position between the extremes relevant in a political context ¹

6. Noun. Similar middle-grounder in any other context. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To reduce the excessiveness of (something) ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) To become less excessive ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To preside over (something) as a moderator ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive) To act as a moderator; to assist in bringing to compromise ¹

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Definition of Moderate

1. to make less extreme [v -ATED, -ATING, -ATES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Moderate

moderate (current term)
moderate breeze
moderate gale
moderate hypothermia

Literary usage of Moderate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Revolution by John Fiske (1891)
"Miss Margaret Shippen, daughter of a gentleman Miss Margaret °f moderate Tory ... In the moderate section of the Tory party, to which the Shippens belonged, ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1831)
"lO) To moderate the zeal of his party, to protect the persons of his enemies,(14) to defeat and to despise the secret enterprises which were formed against ..."

3. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1909)
"The first and strongest impulse to political thought in the direction of moderate Reform as against armed Revolution, was given by Vincenzo ..."

4. The woman in white by Wilkie Collins (1871)
"If you have rash friends, moderate their deplorable ardour. If Mr. Hartright returns to England, hold no communication with him. l walk, on a path of my own ..."

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