moderate

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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.

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  • Adjective, noun:
    • (UK): IPA(key): /ˈmɒdərət/
    • (US): enPR: mäd'ər-ət, IPA(key): /ˈmɑdərət/
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  • Verb:
    • (UK): IPA(key): /ˈmɒdəreɪt/
    • (US): enPR: mäd'ə-rāt, IPA(key): /ˈmɑdəreɪt/
  • (file)

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
    • Jonathan Swift
      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
    • Walter
      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.

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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.
    • Arbuthnot
      By its astringent quality, it moderates the relaxing quality of warm water.
    • Spenser
      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. inflected form of moderat

Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

moderate

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

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

moderāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of moderō