|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|
"a moderate penalty" "temperate in his response to criticism"
|3.||[ verb ] preside over|
"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|
"moderate in his demands" "restrained in his response"
|7.||[ verb ] make less strong or intense; soften|
"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|
"He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
|Related terms:||change moderation|
|10.||[ verb ] make less severe or harsh|
|Related terms:||decrease relieve extenuation|
|11.||[ verb ] restrain or temper|
|Related terms:||change pique|