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English Dictionary: moderate by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
moderate
adj
  1. being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme; "moderate prices"; "a moderate income"; "a moderate fine"; "moderate demands"; "a moderate estimate"; "a moderate eater"; "moderate success"; "a kitchen of moderate size"; "the X-ray showed moderate enlargement of the heart"
    Antonym(s): immoderate
  2. not extreme; "a moderate penalty"; "temperate in his response to criticism"
    Synonym(s): moderate, temperate
  3. marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes; "moderate in his demands"; "restrained in his response"
    Synonym(s): moderate, restrained
n
  1. a person who takes a position in the political center [syn: centrist, middle of the roader, moderate, moderationist]
v
  1. preside over; "John moderated the discussion" [syn: moderate, chair, lead]
  2. make less fast or intense; "moderate your speed"
  3. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
    Synonym(s): control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate
  4. make less severe or harsh; "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
    Synonym(s): mince, soften, moderate
  5. make less strong or intense; soften; "Tone down that aggressive letter"; "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"
    Synonym(s): tone down, moderate, tame
  6. restrain
    Synonym(s): chasten, moderate, temper
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Moderate \Mod"er*ate\, a. [L. moderatus, p. p. of moderate,
      moderati, to moderate, regulate, control, fr. modus measure.
      See {Mode}.]
      Kept within due bounds; observing reasonable limits; not
      excessive, extreme, violent, or rigorous; limited;
      restrained; as:
      (a) Limited in quantity; sparing; temperate; frugal; as,
            moderate in eating or drinking; a moderate table.
      (b) Limited in degree of activity, energy, or excitement;
            reasonable; calm; slow; as, moderate language; moderate
            endeavors.
      (c) Not extreme in opinion, in partisanship, and the like;
            as, a moderate Calvinist.
  
                     A number of moderate members managed . . . to
                     obtain a majority in a thin house.   --Swift.
      (d) Not violent or rigorous; temperate; mild; gentle; as, a
            moderate winter. [bd]Moderate showers.[b8] --Walter.
      (e) Limited as to degree of progress; as, to travel at
            moderate speed.
      (f) Limited as to the degree in which a quality, principle,
            or faculty appears; as, an infusion of moderate strength;
            a man of moderate abilities.
      (g) Limited in scope or effects; as, a reformation of a
            moderate kind. --Hooker.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Moderate \Mod"er*ate\, v. i.
      1. To become less violent, severe, rigorous, or intense; as,
            the wind has moderated.
  
      2. To preside as a moderator.
  
                     Dr. Barlow [was] engaged . . . to moderate for him
                     in the divinity disputation.               --Bp. Barlow's
                                                                              Remains
                                                                              (1693).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Moderate \Mod"er*ate\, n. (Eccl. Hist.)
      One of a party in the Church of Scotland in the 18th century,
      and part of the 19th, professing moderation in matters of
      church government, in discipline, and in doctrine.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Moderate \Mod"er*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Moderated}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Moderating}.]
      1. To restrain from excess of any kind; to reduce from a
            state of violence, intensity, or excess; to keep within
            bounds; to make temperate; to lessen; to allay; to
            repress; to temper; to qualify; as, to moderate rage,
            action, desires, etc.; to moderate heat or wind.
  
                     By its astringent quality, it moderates the relaxing
                     quality of warm water.                        --Arbuthnot.
  
                     To moderate stiff minds disposed to strive.
                                                                              --Spenser.
  
      2. To preside over, direct, or regulate, as a public meeting;
            as, to moderate a synod.
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