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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"; "moderate demands"; "a moderate estimate"; "moderate success"; "a kitchen of moderate size"; "the X-ray showed moderate enlargement of the heart";
    - mod [informal]
  2. Showing self-restraint; showing moderation in response
    "a moderate penalty";
    - temperate, mod [informal]
  3. Marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes
    "moderate in his demands";
    - restrained, mod [informal]
Noun: moderate  mó-du-rut
  1. A person who takes a position in the political centre
    - centrist, middle of the roader, moderationist, mod [informal]
Verb: moderate  mó-du-rut
  1. Preside over
    "John moderated the discussion";
    - chair, lead, mod [informal]
  2. Make less fast or intense
    "moderate your speed";
    - mod [informal]
  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, mod [informal]
  4. Make less severe or harsh
    "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears";
    - mince, soften, mod [informal]
  5. Make less strong or intense; soften
    "moderate that aggressive letter";
    - tone down, tame, mod [informal]
  6. Make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else
    - temper, season, mollify, mod [informal]
  7. (online content) check for required standards, e.g. block or delete spam, content with false or offensive content, etc.
    - mod [informal]
  8. [Brit] Check (an assessment) for consistency of marks with expected standards

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