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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


2. moderate not extreme

SamplesA moderate penalty.
Temperate in his response to criticism.




3. moderate marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes

SamplesModerate in his demands.
Restrained in his response.




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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