From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmoderatemod‧e‧rate1 /ˈmɒdərət $ ˈmɑː-/ ●●○ adjective 1 MIDDLEnot very large or very small, very hot or very cold, very fast or very slow etc Even moderate amounts of alcohol can be dangerous. a moderate degree of success a student of moderate ability Moderate exercise, such as walking, is recommended. Bake the pie for 30 minutes in a moderate oven. moderate to strong winds2 PPGMODERATEhaving opinions or beliefs, especially about politics, that are not extreme and that most people consider reasonable OPP extreme the more moderate members of the party a moderate politician3 SENSIBLEstaying within reasonable or sensible limits OPP immoderate a moderate smoker moderate wage demands → moderately
Examples from the Corpusmoderate• I'd rate the degree of difficulty as moderate.• A moderate amount of exercise is good for the body.• From Cambrian times onwards temperatures had been alternating between warm, moderate and glacial.• The store suffered moderate damage before firefighters arrived.• Even moderate doses of caffeine can set off this peristalsis whether or not the body was ready to dispose of its feces.• New studies show that moderate drinking is good for you.• Moderate exercise, such as walking and swimming, can help to prevent heart disease.• Trading on the stock exchange was moderate Friday.• Saute in remaining oil until browned on the outside and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side over moderate heat.• The new church leaders are more moderate in their plans for reform.• Yet the peasantry represented, at least potentially, a lever of social change which the more moderate intelligentsia lacked.• The party's moderate leadership wants open relations with the West.• Frankfurt: Turnover was moderate on expectation of higher interest rates.• a group of moderate Republican senators• Moderate socialists believe in democratic reform rather than revolution.• Fox surprised everyone by taking a moderate stance on government spending.• September should be rain free, with moderate temperatures in the 80s.• Chrysanthemums do well in more moderate temperatures.• Alexander fared best among moderate voters and independents who made up their minds at the last minute.• The repeat of the previous afternoon's races was more successful with a moderate wind.moderatemod‧e‧rate2 /ˈmɒdəreɪt $ ˈmɑː-/ verb [intransitive, transitive] 1 formalREDUCE to make something less extreme or violent, or to become less extreme or violent The students moderated their demands. He learnt to moderate his anger.2 British EnglishSE to do the work of a moderator→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusmoderate• 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 wage demands 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, hardliner He’s coming under pressure from moderates in the party.
Examples from the Corpusmoderate• Rick Lazio, 42, a moderate from Long Island who is largely unknown statewide but carries little obvious baggage.• Cochrane considers himself a moderate on growth and open space issues.• A moderate was chosen as the new leader of the right-of-center party.• Labour moderates propose a 56% rate rise, with £5.6m of cuts.• Many moderates are defending small majorities.• The bill now before Congress contains new language intended to attract the votes of moderates.• The government's new reforms have been generally well received by the moderates.• The moderates believe aid and trade are essential and are willing to compromise to end the country's isolation.• Among those voters who call themselves moderates, Clinton runs ahead also by nearly a 2-to-1 margin.Origin moderate1 (1300-1400) Latin moderatus, past participle of moderare “to moderate”