Definition of moderate in English:

Share this entry



Pronunciation: /ˈmäd(ə)rət/
1Average in amount, intensity, quality, or degree: we walked at a moderate pace
More example sentences
  • Some of these second-wave acts achieved a moderate degree of success and most were assured at least of a long career on the standup circuit.
  • They basically got away with what they could at the time (which wasn't much) and found a moderate amount of success.
  • The fourth is that they exercise not a bit but a lot - ie they have about 60-90 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every day.
average, modest, medium, middling, ordinary, common, commonplace, everyday, workaday;
tolerable, passable, adequate, fair;
mediocre, indifferent, unexceptional, unremarkable, run-of-the-mill
informal OK, so-so, ‘comme ci, comme ça’, fair-to-middling, plain-vanilla, no great shakes, not up to much
reasonable, acceptable;
inexpensive, low, fair, modest
restrained, controlled, sober;
tolerant, lenient
1.1(Of a person, party, or policy); not radical or excessively right- or left-wing: a moderate reform program
More example sentences
  • Australia has a new and rising political party with moderate policies which is headed by a black woman.
  • Throughout the process, those loyal to its moderate policies fought for the survival of their party.
  • Its front bench has a younger profile, and with its policies not very far from those of the current government, it will find little ideological problems with the moderate policies now favoured by Labour.
middle-of-the-road, nonextreme, nonradical, centrist


Pronunciation: /ˈmäd(ə)rət/
A person who holds moderate views, especially in politics.
Example sentences
  • His greatest concern was that the Republicans would prove so reactionary that they would transform Democratic moderates and liberals into radicals and extremists.
  • Given the nature of the Greens and their issues, they typically demonstrate the best potential for harvesting votes in the districts already held by liberal Democrats or conscientious moderates.
  • Liberals and moderates in the Democratic Party have a lot to learn from each other.


Pronunciation: /ˈmädəˌrāt/
1Make or become less extreme, intense, rigorous, or violent: [with object]: I shall not moderate my criticism (as adjective moderating) his moderating influence in the army was now needed more than ever [no object]: the weather has moderated considerably
More example sentences
  • Most notably, the Pueblo Indians in the Southwest used adobe masonry to moderate weather extremes and keep their homes comfortable.
  • Our strategy was to use thermal mass to moderate temperature extremes.
  • Since Anchorage is located at the end of a long inlet, the yearly temperatures, moderated by the influence of ocean currents, are considerably milder than in the interior of Alaska.
die down, abate, let up, calm down, lessen, decrease, diminish;
recede, weaken, subside
curb, control, check, temper, restrain, subdue;
repress, tame, lessen, decrease, lower, reduce, diminish, alleviate, allay, appease, assuage, ease, soothe, calm, tone down
2 [with object] (In academic and ecclesiastical contexts) preside over (a deliberative body) or at (a debate): a panel moderated by a Harvard University law professor
More example sentences
  • I received many similar responses after I moderated the vice presidential debates in 2004.
  • Now for our next week's e-mail question of the week - if you were moderating the presidential debates, what would you like to ask each candidate?
  • Because you write in the book, about the time I moderated the South Carolina debate with your son, and how you could not watch.
chair, take the chair of, preside over
2.1 [no object] Preside; act as a moderator.
Example sentences
  • He tried to moderate, but seemed a bit distracted, quoting interviews more than asking questions.
  • The position of interviewer is the one with the authority to moderate, the emcee of the event.
3 [with object] Monitor (an Internet forum or online discussion) for inappropriate or offensive content.
Example sentences
  • In addition, the association's executive director moderated an Internet chatroom for children.
  • To moderate a newsgroup you have to get involved several times a day, or it becomes too impractical to have conversations.
  • All they are doing is forcing users to go elsewhere, potentially to non moderated chat rooms with little or no protection.
4 [with object] Physics Retard (neutrons) with a moderator.
Example sentences
  • Dysprosium alloys are also used in control rods used to moderate the flow of neutrons through a nuclear reactor.
  • The detection of hydrogen is based both on the intensity of gamma rays emitted by hydrogen, and by the intensity of neutrons that are moderated by hydrogen.
  • It is then extracted from the ring and smashed into a mercury target to produce neutron beams that can be moderated and guided into designated experimental stations.



Pronunciation: /-ˌtizəm/
Example sentences
  • It's an incredibly humane, kind film, and it reminds you that being humane and kind will always lead to radicalism, never to moderatism.
  • On the Political spectrum scale, that intentionally skews towards moderatism, I scored 9 out of 10 in fiscal freedom and 7 out of 10 in social freedom.
  • Yet, by that time the Revolution had taken a different path and the forces of ‘moderatism’ became too strong.


Late Middle English: from Latin moderat- 'reduced, controlled', from the verb moderare; related to modest.

Words that rhyme with moderate


For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: mod·er·ate

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.