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Adjective: moderate  mó-du-rut
  1. 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"
  2. Showing self-restraint; showing moderation in response
    "a moderate penalty";
    - temperate
  3. Marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes
    "moderate in his demands";
    - restrained
Noun: moderate  mó-du-rut
  1. A person who takes a position in the political centre
    - centrist, middle of the roader, moderationist
Verb: moderate  mó-du-rut
  1. Preside over
    "John moderated the discussion";
    - chair, lead
  2. Make less fast or intense
    "moderate your speed"
  3. Lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
    "moderate your alcohol intake";
    - control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb
  4. Make less severe or harsh
    "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears";
    - mince, soften
  5. Make less strong or intense; soften
    "moderate that aggressive letter";
    - tone down, tame
  6. Make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else
    - temper, season, mollify

Derived forms: moderating, moderates, moderated

See also: average, cautious, conservative, fair, fairish, indifferent, intermediate, limited, medium, middle-of-the-road, mild, minimalist, moderateness, moderation, modest, reasonable, small, temperate

Type of: adult, alter, change, decelerate, discuss, grownup, hash out, hold back, keep, keep back, modify, restrain, slow down, talk over, weaken

Antonym: immoderate

Part of: center [US], centre [Brit, Cdn]

Encyclopedia: Moderate