- ♦♦♦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.Ant: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.Ant:extremist, hardlinerN-COUNTA 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.Syn:Ant: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.Syn: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.Syn: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.