Moderate Definition

mŏdər-ĭt
moderated, moderates, moderating
adjective
Within reasonable limits; avoiding excesses or extremes; temperate or restrained.
Webster's New World
Mild; calm; gentle; not violent.
Moderate weather.
Webster's New World
Of average or medium quality, amount, scope, range, etc.
Moderate skills, moderate prices.
Webster's New World
Of limited or average quality; mediocre.
American Heritage
Opposed to radical or extreme views or measures, especially in politics or religion.
American Heritage
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noun
moderates
A person holding moderate views or opinions, as in politics or religion.
Webster's New World
verb
moderated, moderates, moderating
To cause to be less extreme, intense, or violent.
American Heritage
To become moderate.
Webster's New World
To cause to become moderate; make less extreme, violent, etc.; restrain.
Webster's New World
To preside over (a meeting, etc.)
Webster's New World
To serve as a moderator.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Moderate

Noun

Singular:
moderate
Plural:
moderates

Origin of Moderate

  • From Middle English moderat, from Latin moderātus, perfect active participle of moderor (“regulate, restrain, moderate"), from moder-, modes-, a stem appearing also in modestus (“moderate, discreet, modest"), from modus (“measure"); see mode and modest.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English moderat from Latin moderātus past participle of moderārī to moderate med- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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