moderate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Adjective, noun:
    • (UK): IPA(key): /ˈmɒdəɹət/
    • (US): enPR: mäd'ər-ət, IPA(key): /ˈmɑdəɹət/
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  • Verb:
    • (UK): IPA(key): /ˈmɒdəɹeɪt/
    • (US): enPR: mäd'ə-rāt, IPA(key): /ˈmɑdəɹeɪt/
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Adjective[edit]

moderate (comparative more moderate, superlative most moderate)

  1. Not excessive; acting in moderation
    moderate language
    a moderate Calvinist
    travelling at a moderate speed
    • (Can we date this quote by Jonathan Swift and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      A number of moderate members managed [] to obtain a majority in a thin house.
  2. Mediocre
  3. Average priced; standard-deal
  4. Not violent or rigorous; temperate; mild; gentle.
    a moderate winter
    • (Can we date this quote by Walter and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      moderate showers
  5. (US, politics) Having an intermediate position between liberal and conservative.

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Noun[edit]

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moderate (plural moderates)

  1. One who holds an intermediate position between extremes, as in politics.
    While the moderates usually propose political compromise, it's often only achieved when the extremists allow them so
    The moderates are the natural advocates of ecumenism against the fanatics of their churches.
  2. (Christianity, historical) One of a party in Scottish Church history dominant in the 18th century, lax in doctrine and discipline, but intolerant of evangelicalism and popular rights. It caused the secessions of 1733 and 1761, and its final resultant was the Disruption of 1843.

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Verb[edit]

moderate (third-person singular simple present moderates, present participle moderating, simple past and past participle moderated)

  1. (transitive) To reduce the excessiveness of (something)
    to moderate rage, action, desires, etc.
    • (Can we date this quote by Arbuthnot and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      By its astringent quality, it moderates the relaxing quality of warm water.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
    • 2000, Paul G. Coleman, Positron Beams and Their Applications (page 309)
      This leaves two strategies to increase the current in a positron beam. First is to provide a stronger positron source and second is to develop a more efficient method to moderate the source positrons into a monoenergetic beam.
      To moderate stiff minds disposed to strive.
  2. (intransitive) To become less excessive
  3. (transitive) To preside over (something) as a moderator
    to moderate a synod
  4. (intransitive) To act as a moderator; to assist in bringing to compromise

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German[edit]

Adjective[edit]

moderate

  1. inflection of moderat:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

moderate

  1. inflection of moderare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative
  2. feminine plural of moderato

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

moderāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of moderō

References[edit]

  • moderate in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • moderate in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Adjective[edit]

moderate

  1. definite singular of moderat
  2. plural of moderat

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Adjective[edit]

moderate

  1. definite singular of moderat
  2. plural of moderat