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Dictionary definition for: Moderate

1. (n) a person who takes a position in the political center

2. (v) preside over; "John moderated the discussion"

3. (a) 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" "the X-ray sho

4. (v) make less fast or intense; "moderate your speed"

5. (s) not extreme; "a moderate penalty" "temperate in his response to criticism"

6. (v) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake" "hold your tongue" "hold your temper" "control your anger"

7. (s) marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes; "moderate in his demands" "restrained in his response"

8. (v) make less severe or harsh; "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"

9. (v) make less strong or intense; soften; "Tone down that aggressive letter" "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"

10. (v) restrain or temper

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