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English definition of “moderate”

moderate

verb [I or T]     /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
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