1. kept or keeping within reasonable or proper limits; not extreme, excessive, or intense: a moderate price.
  2. of medium quantity, extent, or amount: a moderate income.
  3. mediocre or fair: moderate talent.
  4. calm or mild, as of the weather.
  5. of or relating to moderates, as in politics or religion.


  1. a person who is moderate in opinion or opposed to extreme views and actions, especially in politics or religion.
  2. (usually initial capital letter) a member of a political party advocating moderate reform.

verb (used with object), mod·er·at·ed, mod·er·at·ing.

  1. to reduce the excessiveness of; make less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous: to moderate the sharpness of one’s words.
  2. to preside over or at (a public forum, meeting, discussion, etc.).

verb (used without object), mod·er·at·ed, mod·er·at·ing.

  1. to become less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous.
  2. to act as moderator; preside.


  1. (of an online chatroom, newsgroup, etc) not monitored for inappropriate content, time wasting, or bad language

adjective (ˈmɒdərɪt, ˈmɒdrɪt)

  1. not extreme or excessive; within due or reasonable limitsmoderate demands
  2. not violent; mild or temperate
  3. of average quality or extentmoderate success

noun (ˈmɒdərɪt, ˈmɒdrɪt)

  1. a person who holds moderate views, esp in politics

verb (ˈmɒdəˌreɪt)

  1. to become or cause to become less extreme or violent
  2. (when intr, often foll by over) to preside over a meeting, discussion, etc
  3. British and NZ to act as an external moderator of the overall standards and marks for (some types of educational assessment)
  4. physics to slow down (neutrons), esp by using a moderator
  5. (tr) to monitor (the conversations in an on-line chatroom) for bad language, inappropriate content, etc

adj.late 14c., originally of weather and other physical conditions, from Latin moderatus “within bounds, observing moderation;” figuratively “modest, restrained,” past participle of moderari “to regulate, mitigate, restrain, temper, set a measure, keep (something) within measure,” related to modus “measure,” from PIE *med-es-, from base *med- (see medical (adj.)). The notion is “keeping within due measure.” In English, of persons from early 15c.; of opinions from 1640s; of prices from 1904. Related: Moderateness. v.early 15c., “to abate excessiveness;” from Latin moderatus, past participle of moderari (see moderate (adj.)). Meaning “to preside over a debate” is first attested 1570s. Related: Moderated; moderating. n.“one who holds moderate opinions on controversial subjects,” 1794, from moderate (adj.). Related: Moderatism; -moderantism.

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