Definition of "moderate" []

  • Being within reasonable limits; not excessive or extreme: a moderate price. (adjective)
  • Not violent or subject to extremes; mild or calm; temperate: a moderate climate. (adjective)
  • Of medium or average quantity or extent. (adjective)
  • Of limited or average quality; mediocre. (adjective)
  • Opposed to radical or extreme views or measures, especially in politics or religion. (adjective)
  • Not extreme or excessive; within due or reasonable limits (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Not violent; mild or temperate (adjective)
  • Of average quality or extent (adjective)
  • A person who holds moderate views, esp in politics (noun)
  • To become or cause to become less extreme or violent (verb)
  • To preside over a meeting, discussion, etc (verb)
  • To act as an external moderator of the overall standards and marks for (some types of educational assessment) (verb)
  • To slow down (neutrons), esp by using a moderator (verb)
  • To monitor (the conversations in an online chatroom or posts on a message board) for bad language, inappropriate content, etc (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "moderate" in a sentence
  • "The language of everyday conversation, when not marked by intensity of feeling or purpose, requires only a moderate amount of physical and mental energy and is expressed by _moderate force_."
  • "Whatever it may do in this way, in men, in women it is sure, unless prevented by age or by salutary ugliness, to produce a moderate, and a _very moderate_, portion of chastity."
  • "Optimists say it need not be a reprise of Iran; that it could look more like Turkey; that the term "moderate Islamist" isn't an oxymoron, at least in a relative sense."