- mod|er|ate1 [ `mad(ə)rət ] adjective **1. ) neither very great nor very small in amount, size, strength, or degree:Cook the spinach over a moderate heat.A moderate earthquake shook the San Francisco bay area this afternoon.We need more housing for moderate-income families.This is a new drug for treating mild to moderate depression.moderate increase/loss/growth: This month has seen a moderate increase in house prices.2. ) reasonable and avoiding extreme opinions or actions:She was in the moderate wing of the party.The tone of his speech was quite moderate.a ) doing, eating, or drinking only sensible amounts of something:a moderate drinker (=of alcohol)moderatemod|er|ate 2 [ `madə,r(e)ıt ] verb1. ) intransitive or transitive to make something less extreme, or to become less extreme:When Melanie came in, they moderated their language.The pace of economic expansion has moderated.2. ) transitive to be in charge of a discussion between people with different opinions, especially in order to make it fair to everyone involved:Michael Kinsley moderated a debate on trade with China.moderatemod|er|ate 3 [ `madərət ] noun countsomeone whose opinions and actions are reasonable and not extreme, especially in politics:The party is deeply divided between moderates and extremists.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.