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Definition 1: a person who takes a position in the political center - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for moderate in the sense of this definition

(moderate is a kind of ...) a fully developed person from maturity onward

(... is a member of moderate) politically moderate persons; centrists

Definition 2: make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else - [verb of change]

Samples where moderate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she tempered her criticism

Synonyms for moderate in the sense of this definition

(moderate is a kind of ...) lessen the strength of

"The fever weakened his body"

Definition 3: make less fast or intense - [verb of change]

Samples where moderate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • moderate your speed

(moderate is a kind of ...) reduce the speed of

"He slowed down the car"

Definition 4: preside over - [verb of communication]

Samples where moderate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • John moderated the discussion

Synonyms for moderate in the sense of this definition

(moderate is a kind of ...) speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

"We discussed our household budget"

Definition 5: make less strong or intense; soften - [verb of communication]

Samples where moderate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Tone down that aggressive letter
  • The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements

Synonyms for moderate in the sense of this definition

(moderate is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Definition 6: make less severe or harsh - [verb of communication]

Samples where moderate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears

Synonyms for moderate in the sense of this definition

(moderate is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Samples where moderate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • moderate your alcohol intake
  • hold your tongue
  • hold your temper
  • control your anger

Synonyms for moderate in the sense of this definition

(moderate is a kind of ...) prevent the action or expression of

"hold back your anger" "keep your cool" "she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays"

(... is a kind of moderate ) control the temperature with a thermostat

(... is a kind of moderate ) moderate or restrain; lessen the force of

"He bated his breath when talking about this affair" "capable of bating his enthusiasm"

(... is a kind of moderate ) check oneself during an action

"She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"

(... is a kind of moderate ) cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it

"train the vine"

(... is a kind of moderate ) deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure

"She denied herself wine and spirits"

(... is a kind of moderate ) hold within limits and control

"subdue one's appetites" "mortify the flesh"

(... is a kind of moderate ) restrain or discourage

"the sudden bad news damped the joyous atmosphere"

(... is a kind of moderate ) bring under control by force or authority

"suppress a nascent uprising" "stamp down on littering" "conquer one's desires"

(... is a kind of moderate ) oppose or check by a counteraction

Definition 8: being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where moderate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(moderate is similar to ...) neither too great nor too little

"a couple of indifferent hills to climb"

(moderate is similar to ...) not large but sufficient in size or amount

"a modest salary" "modest inflation" "helped in my own small way"

(moderate is similar to ...) around the middle of a scale of evaluation

"an orange of average size" "intermediate capacity" "medium bombers"

(moderate is similar to ...) avoiding excess

"a conservative estimate"

(moderate is similar to ...) not excessive or extreme

"a fairish income" "reasonable prices"

(moderate is similar to ...) advocating minimal reforms (as in government or politics)

(moderate is similar to ...) not excessive

(moderate is similar to ...) not extreme, especially in political views

(means also ...) not extreme in behavior

"temperate in his habits" "a temperate response to an insult" "temperate in his eating and drinking"

(means also ...) moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme

"a mild winter storm" "a mild fever" "fortunately the pain was mild" "a mild rebuke" "mild criticism"

(... are attributes of moderate) quality of being moderate and avoiding extremes

Definition 9: not extreme - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where moderate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a moderate penalty
  • temperate in his response to criticism

Synonyms for moderate in the sense of this definition

(moderate is similar to ...) moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme

"a mild winter storm" "a mild fever" "fortunately the pain was mild" "a mild rebuke" "mild criticism"

Definition 10: marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where moderate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • moderate in his demands
  • restrained in his response

Synonyms for moderate in the sense of this definition

(moderate is similar to ...) not extreme in behavior

"temperate in his habits" "a temperate response to an insult" "temperate in his eating and drinking"

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