moderate[mäd′ər it; for v., -āt′]
- The definition of moderate is something that is average, mild or within reasonable limits.
- An example of moderate is the price of something that is between the lowest and the highest priced versions of the same thing.
- An example of moderate is a warm day that is neither hot nor cold.
- An example of moderate is someone in the middle of the political spectrum who is neither a strong Republican nor a strong Democrat.
- within reasonable limits; avoiding excesses or extremes; temperate or restrained
- mild; calm; gentle; not violent: moderate weather
- of average or medium quality, amount, scope, range, etc.: moderate skills, moderate prices
Origin of moderateMiddle English moderat ; from Classical Latin moderatus, past participle of moderare, to keep within bounds, restrain ; from modus: see mode
transitive verbmoderated, moderating
- to cause to become moderate; make less extreme, violent, etc.; restrain
- to preside over (a meeting, etc.)
- to become moderate
- to serve as a moderator
- Being within reasonable limits; not excessive or extreme: a moderate price.
- Not violent or subject to extremes; mild or calm; temperate: a moderate climate.
- a. Of medium or average quantity or extent.b. Of limited or average quality; mediocre.
- Opposed to radical or extreme views or measures, especially in politics or religion.
verbmod·er·at·ed, mod·er·at·ing, mod·er·ates
- To cause to be less extreme, intense, or violent.
- To preside over: She was chosen to moderate the convention.
- To become less extreme, intense, or violent; abate.
- To act as a moderator.
Origin of moderateMiddle English moderat, from Latin moderātus, past participle of moderārī, to moderate; see med- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more moderate, superlative most moderate)
(third-person singular simple present moderates, present participle moderating, simple past and past participle moderated)