Definitions for: Moderate

[n] a person who takes a position in the political center
[adj] not extreme; "a moderate penalty"; "temperate in his response to criticism"
[adj] being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme; "moderate prices"; "a moderate income"; "a moderate fine"; "moderate demands"; "a moderate estimate"; "a moderate eater"; "moderate success"; "a kitchen of moderate size"; "the X-ray showed moderate enlargement of the heart"
[adj] marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes; "moderate in his demands"; "restrained in his response"
[v] make less strong or intense; soften; "Tone down that aggressive letter"; "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"
[v] make less fast or intense; "moderate your speed"
[v] restrain or temper
[v] preside over; "John moderated the discussion"
[v] make less severe or harsh; "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
[v] lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"

Webster (1913) Definition: Mod"er*ate, a. [L. moderatus, p. p. of moderate,
moderati, to moderate, regulate, control, fr. modus measure.
See Mode.]
Kept within due bounds; observing reasonable limits; not
excessive, extreme, violent, or rigorous; limited;
restrained; as:
(a) Limited in quantity; sparing; temperate; frugal; as,
moderate in eating or drinking; a moderate table.
(b) Limited in degree of activity, energy, or excitement;
reasonable; calm; slow; as, moderate language; moderate
(c) Not extreme in opinion, in partisanship, and the like;
as, a moderate Calvinist.

A number of moderate members managed . . . to
obtain a majority in a thin house. --Swift.
(d) Not violent or rigorous; temperate; mild; gentle; as, a
moderate winter. ``Moderate showers.'' --Walter.
(e) Limited as to degree of progress; as, to travel at
moderate speed.
(f) Limited as to the degree in which a quality, principle,
or faculty appears; as, an infusion of moderate strength;
a man of moderate abilities.
(g) Limited in scope or effects; as, a reformation of a
moderate kind. --Hooker.

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.

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
repress; to temper; to qualify; as, to moderate rage,
action, desires, etc.; to moderate heat or wind.

By its astringent quality, it moderates the relaxing
quality of warm water. --Arbuthnot.

To moderate stiff minds disposed to strive.

2. To preside over, direct, or regulate, as a public meeting;
as, to moderate a synod.

Mod"er*ate, v. i.
1. To become less violent, severe, rigorous, or intense; as,
the wind has moderated.

2. To preside as a moderator.

Dr. Barlow [was] engaged . . . to moderate for him
in the divinity disputation. --Bp. Barlow's

Synonyms: average, cautious, centrist, chair, chasten, check, conservative, contain, control, curb, fair, fairish, hold, hold in, indifferent, intermediate, lead, limited, medium, middle of the roader, middle-of-the-road, mild, mince, minimalist, moderationist, modest, reasonable, restrained, small, soften, tame, temper, temperate, tone down

Antonyms: immoderate

See Also: abnegate, adult, alter, alter, bate, bound, catch, center, change, change, confine, conquer, counteract, countercheck, cricify, damp, decelerate, deny, discuss, grownup, hold back, inhibit, keep, keep back, limit, mortify, restrain, restrict, slow down, stamp down, subdue, suppress, talk over, thermostat, throttle, train, trammel

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