1. Being within reasonable limits; not excessive or extreme: a moderate price.
2. 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.
4. Opposed to radical or extreme views or measures, especially in politics or religion.
One who holds or champions moderate views or opinions, especially in politics or religion.
v. (mŏdə-rāt′) mod·er·at·ed, mod·er·at·ing, mod·er·ates
1. To cause to be less extreme, intense, or violent.
2. To preside over: She was chosen to moderate the convention.
1. To become less extreme, intense, or violent; abate.
2. To act as a moderator.
[Middle English moderat, from Latin moderātus, past participle of moderārī, to moderate; see med- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: moderate, qualify, temper
These verbs mean to make less extreme or intense: moderated the severity of his rebuke by remaining calm; qualified her criticism by noting some strong points; tempered my harsh comments before writing the report.
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