moderate

moderate
1 adjective
1 neither very big nor very small, very hot nor very cold, very fast nor very slow etc: Bake the pie for 30 minutes in a moderate oven. | We're looking for a house with a moderate-sized garden. | a moderate degree of success | a student of only moderate ability.
2 having opinions, or beliefs especially about politics, that are not extreme and that most people consider reasonable or sensible: Her views represent the moderate wing of the party. | a moderate politician
3 staying within reasonable or sensible limits: a moderate smoker | moderate wage demands
—see also: moderately 2 verb (I, T)
1 formal to make something less extreme or violent, or to become less extreme or violent: The students moderated their demands. | We couldn't leave the harbour until the storm moderated.
2 BrE to do the work of a moderator
3 noun (C) someone whose opinions or beliefs, especially about politics, are not extreme and are considered reasonable by most people: Carter appointed moderates to the Supreme Court.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • moderate# — moderate adj 1 Moderate, temperate are often used interchangeably to denote not excessive in degree, amount, or intensity {a moderate allowance} {temperate heat} When contrasted moderate often connotes absence or avoidance of excess and is… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • moderate — Ⅰ. moderate UK US /ˈmɒdərət/ adjective ► not very small or large but between the two: moderate growth/inflation/increase »Moderate growth last year was enough to raise a profit. moderate gains/losses »Investors saw moderate gains on Wall Street… …   Financial and business terms

  • moderate — [mäd′ər it; ] for v. [, mäd′ərāt΄] adj. [ME moderat < L moderatus, pp. of moderare, to keep within bounds, restrain < modus: see MODE] 1. within reasonable limits; avoiding excesses or extremes; temperate or restrained 2. mild; calm;… …   English World dictionary

  • Moderate — Mod er*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Moderated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Moderating}.] 1. To restrain from excess of any kind; to reduce from a state of violence, intensity, or excess; to keep within bounds; to make temperate; to lessen; to allay; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moderate — [adj1] calm, temperate abstinent, balanced, bearable, careful, cautious, compromising, conservative, considerate, considered, controlled, cool, deliberate, disciplined, dispassionate, equable, even, gentle, impartial, inconsiderable, inexpensive …   New thesaurus

  • Moderate — Mod er*ate, v. i. 1. To become less violent, severe, rigorous, or intense; as, the wind has moderated. [1913 Webster] 2. To preside as a moderator. [1913 Webster] Dr. Barlow [was] engaged . . . to moderate for him in the divinity disputation. Bp …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moderate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) average in amount, intensity, or degree. 2) (of a political position) not radical or extreme. ► NOUN ▪ a person with moderate views. ► VERB 1) make or become less extreme or intense. 2) review (examination papers or results) to… …   English terms dictionary

  • Moderate — Mod er*ate, n. (Eccl. Hist.) One of a party in the Church of Scotland in the 18th century, and part of the 19th, professing moderation in matters of church government, in discipline, and in doctrine. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moderate — I (preside over) verb act as chairman, act as moderator, act as president, administer, be at the head of, be in authority, chair, command, control, direct, discipline, govern, have charge of, head, hold in check, hold sway over, hold the chair,… …   Law dictionary

  • moderate — англ. [мо/дэрит] moderately [мо/дэритли] in moderation [ин модэрэ/йшн] умеренно, сдержанно …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

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