1. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: immoderate modest fair average cautious middle-of-the-road minimalist indifferent limited middle-of-the-road mild temperate moderation
2. [ adjective ] not extreme
Synonyms: temperate

"a moderate penalty" "temperate in his response to criticism"

Related terms: mild
3. [ verb ] preside over
Synonyms: lead chair

"John moderated the discussion"

Related terms: discuss lead
4. [ verb ] make less fast or intense

"moderate your speed"

Related terms: decelerate moderation
5. [ noun ] (politics) a person who takes a position in the political center
Synonyms: middle_of_the_roader moderationist centrist
Related terms: adult center
6. [ adjective ] marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes
Synonyms: restrained

"moderate in his demands" "restrained in his response"

Related terms: temperate
7. [ verb ] make less strong or intense; soften
Synonyms: tame tone_down

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

Related terms: change paraphrase moderation
8. [ verb ] lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
Synonyms: hold control check contain curb hold_in

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

Related terms: restrain restrict restrict suppress catch countercheck train bate thermostat deny mortify damp command moderation
9. [ verb ] make less severe or harsh
Synonyms: mince soften

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

Related terms: change moderation
10. [ verb ] make less severe or harsh
Synonyms: mitigate

"mitigating circumstances"

Related terms: decrease relieve extenuation
11. [ verb ] restrain or temper
Synonyms: temper chasten
Related terms: change pique
Similar spelling:   moderated