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English adjective: moderate

1. moderate being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme


SamplesModerate 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.


Similaraverage, cautious, conservative, fair, fairish, indifferent, intermediate, limited, medium, middle-of-the-road, minimalist, modest, reasonable, small


See alsomild, temperate


Attributemoderateness, moderation


Antonymsimmoderate

2. moderate not extreme


SamplesA moderate penalty.
Temperate in his response to criticism.


Synonymstemperate


Similarmild


Antonymsintense

3. moderate marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes


SamplesModerate in his demands.
Restrained in his response.


Synonymsrestrained


Similartemperate


Antonymsintemperate


English noun: moderate

1. moderate (person) a person who takes a position in the political center


Synonymscentrist, middle of the roader, moderationist


Broader (hypernym)adult, grownup


Member meronymcenter


English verb: moderate

1. moderate (communication) preside over


SamplesJohn moderated the discussion.


ExamplesSam and Sue moderate


Synonymschair, lead


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)discuss, hash out, talk over

2. moderate (change) make less fast or intense


SamplesModerate your speed.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decelerate, slow down

3. moderate (social) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits


SamplesModerate your alcohol intake.
Hold your tongue.
Hold your temper.
Control your anger.


Synonymscheck, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hold back, keep, keep back, restrain


Narrower (hyponym)abnegate, bate, bound, catch, confine, conquer, counteract, countercheck, crucify, curb, damp, deny, inhibit, limit, mortify, restrain, restrict, restrict, stamp down, subdue, subdue, suppress, thermostat, throttle, train, trammel

4. moderate (communication) make less severe or harsh


SamplesHe moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears.


Synonymsmince, soften


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

5. moderate (communication) make less strong or intense; soften


SamplesTone down that aggressive letter.
The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements.


Synonymstame, tone down


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

6. moderate (change) restrain


Synonymschasten, temper


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify









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