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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.Medium-sized

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.Politics
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.Some and quiteMedium-sized

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.Politics

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.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong 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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