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moderate

mod·er·ate

moderate

 
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: ma d riht
definition 1: keeping or kept within reasonable limits; not extreme or excessive.
a moderate drinkermoderate costs
synonyms:
modest, reasonable, temperate
antonyms:
drastic, excessive, extravagant, extreme, great, immoderate, inordinate, outrageous, radical, unreasonable
similar words:
abstemious, conservative, judicious, light, prudent, sensible
definition 2: calm or mild; temperate.
moderate weather
synonyms:
clement, mild, temperate
similar words:
balmy, bland, genial, gentle, halcyon, mellow
definition 3: of a medium or average amount, size, quality, or degree; neither very much nor very little, very high nor very low, or the like.
moderate snowfallmoderate ability
synonyms:
medium, modest
similar words:
average, commonplace, indifferent, intermediate, limited, mean, middling, normal, ordinary, passable, regular, run-of-the-mill, so-so, standard, temperate, tolerable, typical, unremarkable
definition 4: not favoring extreme political or social ideas, positions, or actions.
a moderate legislator
synonyms:
centric, middle-of-the-road
antonyms:
radical
similar words:
bourgeois, conventional, mainstream, middlebrow
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: ma d riht
definition: one who opposes extreme political or social ideas, positions, or actions.
synonyms:
centrist, middle-of-the-roader
antonyms:
extremist, radical
similar words:
bourgeois, Middle American, middlebrow, square
 
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: ma d reIt
inflections: moderated, moderates, moderating
definition 1: to make less forceful, intense, severe, or extreme; reduce.
He has recently moderated his criticism of the government.
synonyms:
abate, blunt, mitigate, modify, mollify, qualify, relax, temper, tone down
antonyms:
aggravate, exacerbate, intensify
similar words:
alleviate, cool, curb, dampen, diminish, ease, lessen, lighten, lower, modulate, mute, palliate, reduce, restrain, smooth, soften, still
definition 2: to direct, guide, or preside over (a discussion, meeting, or the like).
synonyms:
chair, direct, lead, preside over
similar words:
facilitate, guide, head
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: ma d reIt
definition 1: to become less forceful, intense, severe, or extreme; abate.
The storm has moderated.
synonyms:
abate, diminish, ease up, lessen, let up, subside
antonyms:
intensify
similar words:
cool, dwindle, lighten, mitigate, relent, weaken
definition 2: to direct or preside over a discussion or meeting; act as a chairperson or moderator.
synonyms:
preside
similar words:
lead, officiate
derivations: moderately (adv.), moderateness (n.)
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