moderates, moderating, moderated
(The adjective and noun are pronounced [[t]mɒ̱dərət[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]mɒ̱dəreɪt[/t]].)
1) ADJ-GRADED Moderate political opinions or policies are not extreme.

He was an easygoing man of very moderate views...

Both countries have called for a moderate approach to the use of force.

2) ADJ-GRADED You use moderate to describe people or groups who have moderate political opinions or policies.

...a moderate Democrat.

...the moderate wing of the army.

extremist, hardliner
A moderate is someone with moderate political opinions.

If he presents himself as a radical he risks scaring off the moderates whose votes he so desperately needs.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n You use moderate to describe something that is neither large nor small in amount or degree.

While a moderate amount of stress can be beneficial, too much stress can exhaust you.

...moderate exercise.

Derived words:
moderately ADV-GRADED usu ADV adj/-ed, also ADV after v

Both are moderately large insects, with a wingspan of around four centimetres.

...a moderately attractive woman...

I don't smoke and I drink only moderately.

4) ADJ A moderate change in something is a change that is not great.

Most drugs offer either no real improvement or, at best, only moderate improvements.

Derived words:
moderately ADV ADV after v

Share prices on the Tokyo Exchange declined moderately.

5) V-ERG If you moderate something or if it moderates, it becomes less extreme or violent and easier to deal with or accept.

[V n] They are hoping that once in office he can be persuaded to moderate his views...

Amongst relief workers, the immediate sense of crisis has moderated somewhat...

[V-ing] Without Westcott's moderating influence, Mathers's autocratic manner became unbearable.

Derived words:
moderation [[t]mɒ̱dəre͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT oft N of/in n

A moderation in food prices helped to offset the first increase in energy prices.

English dictionary. 2008.


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