moderatemod‧e‧rate1 /ˈmɒdərət $ ˈmɑː-/ ●●○ adjective1MIDDLEnot very large or very small, very hot or very cold, very fast or very slow etcEven moderate amounts of alcohol can be dangerous.a moderate degree of successa student of moderate abilityModerate exercise, such as walking, is recommended.Bake the pie for 30 minutes in a moderate oven.moderate to strong winds2PPGMODERATEhaving opinions or beliefs, especially about politics, that are not extreme and that most people consider reasonable opp extremethe more moderate members of the partya moderate politician3SENSIBLEstaying within reasonable or sensiblelimits opp immoderatea moderate smokermoderate wage demands →moderately
moderatemod‧e‧rate2 /ˈmɒdəreɪt $ ˈmɑː-/ verb [intransitive, transitive]1formalREDUCE to make something less extreme or violent, or to become less extreme or violentThe students moderated their demands.He learnt to moderate his anger.2British EnglishSE to do the work of a moderator→ See Verb table
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moderate• We had to ask Joan to moderate her language in front of the kids.• She apologized at once, and moderated her voice.• Bloom has since moderated his position on low-income housing.• NBC's Tom Brokaw will moderate the debate.• The threat of unemployment also moderated the wagedemands of those who still held jobs.• Despite Dycarbas's efforts to persuade Eustathius and command Emilia, they can not moderate their behaviour.• Take to heart what you know about moderating your Type A behavior.
moderatemod‧e‧rate3 /ˈmɒdərət $ ˈmɑː-/ noun [countable]PPGSENSIBLEsomeone whose opinions or beliefs, especially about politics, are not extreme and are considered reasonable by most people opp extremist, hardlinerHe’s coming under pressure from moderates in the party.