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moderate

adjective uk   /ˈmɒd.ər.ət/ us    /ˈmɑː.dɚ-/

moderate adjective (MEDIUM-SIZED)

C1 neither small nor large in size, amount, degree, or strength: The cabin is of moderate size - just right for a small family. moderate growth/inflation He's a moderate drinker. Imposing sanctions is a moderate action when you consider that the alternative is military intervention. There has been a moderate improvement in her health since she began the treatment. We have had moderate success in changing people's attitudes.

moderate adjective (OPINIONS)

Moderate opinions, especially political ones, are not extreme and are therefore acceptable to a large number of people: The party leader is an extreme left-winger, but her deputy is more moderate in her views.
moderately
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
C2 There's very little moderately priced housing in this area. The company remains moderately profitable, but it is not making as much money as it should.

moderate

noun [C] uk   /ˈmɒd.ər.ət/ us    /ˈmɑː.dɚ-/
a person whose opinions, especially their political ones, are not extreme and are therefore acceptable to a large number of people: He is well-known as a moderate in the party.

moderate

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈmɒd.ər.eɪt/ us    /ˈmɑː.də.reɪt/
C2 to (cause to) become less in size, strength, or force; to reduce something: There have been repeated calls for the president to moderate his stance on contraception. Weather conditions have moderated, making a rescue attempt possible. UK specialized education to make certain that all the people marking an examination use the same standards: The marked scripts are sent away to be moderated.
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