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"moderate" in British English

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moderateadjective

uk   /ˈmɒd.ər.ət/  us   /ˈmɑː.dɚ-/
  • moderate adjective (MEDIUM-SIZED)

C1 neither ​smallnorlarge in ​size, ​amount, ​degree, or ​strength: The ​cabin is of moderate ​size - just ​right for a ​smallfamily. moderate ​growth/​inflation He's a moderate ​drinker. Imposing ​sanctions is a moderate ​action when you ​consider that the ​alternative is ​militaryintervention. There has been a moderate ​improvement in her ​health since she ​began the ​treatment. We have had moderate ​success in ​changing people's ​attitudes.

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  • moderate adjective (OPINIONS)

Moderate ​opinions, ​especiallypoliticalones, are not ​extreme and are ​thereforeacceptable to a ​largenumber of ​people: The ​partyincludes both ​extremelyconservative and moderate ​members.
moderately
adverb uk   us   /-li/
C2 There's very little moderately ​pricedhousing in this ​area. The ​companyremains moderately ​profitable, but it is not making as much ​money as it should.

moderatenoun [C]

uk   /ˈmɒd.ər.ət/  us   /ˈmɑː.dɚ-/
a ​person whose ​opinions, ​especiallytheirpoliticalones, are not ​extreme and are ​thereforeacceptable to a ​largenumber of ​people: He is well-known as a moderate in the ​party.

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moderateverb [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: The ​president may have to moderate his ​stance on ​taxcuts. Weather ​conditions have moderated, making a ​rescueattemptpossible. UK specialized education to make ​certain that all the ​peoplemarking an ​examination use the same ​standards: The ​markedscripts are ​sent away to be moderated.
(Definition of moderate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"moderate" in American English

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moderateadjective

 us   /ˈmɑd·ər·ɪt/
  • moderate adjective (MEDIUM)

being within a ​middlerange in ​size, ​amount, or ​degree; neither ​greatnor little: The ​rent has gone up over the ​years, but in moderate ​amounts. The ​company was of moderate ​size, with about 50 employees.
  • moderate adjective (SOME)

some, but not as much or as ​great as ​desired: There has been moderate ​improvement in her ​health since she ​began the ​treatment.
  • moderate adjective (NOT EXTREME)

(of ​opinions) not ​extreme: When she was ​young she was a ​radical, but her ​politicalviews have ​become more moderate as she has ​gottenolder.
moderate
noun [C]  us   /ˈmɑd·ər·ɪt/
Of the seven ​members of the ​committee, five were ​politicalmoderates.
moderation
noun [U]  us   /ˌmɑd·əˈreɪ·ʃən/
My ​doctoradvised me to ​eat anything I ​want as ​long as it’s in moderation.

moderateverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈmɑd·əˌreɪt/
  • moderate verb [I/T] (LOSE STRENGTH)

to ​losestrength or ​force, or to make something less ​strong: [I] The ​weatherprediction is for ​strongwinds, moderating by ​evening.
  • moderate verb [I/T] (MANAGE)

to ​manage a ​publicdiscussion: [I/T] The ​local TV ​anchorman is going to moderate (the ​debate).
(Definition of moderate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"moderate" in Business English

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moderateadjective

uk   us   /ˈmɒdərət/
not very ​small or large but between the two: moderate growth/inflation/increase Moderate ​growth last ​year was enough to ​raise a ​profit.moderate gains/losses Investors saw moderate ​gains on Wall Street ​overnight. People on ​low and moderate ​incomesspendproportionately much more on ​housing. They ​splitinvestments between high-yielding ​bonds and those of more moderate ​risk.
not extreme: comparatively/relatively moderate Temporary lay-offs are a ​relatively moderate ​action when you consider that elsewhere whole ​factories have been ​shut. Conservatives are suspicious of the Senator's moderate views.

moderateverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈmɒdəreɪt/
to become ​smaller or less, or to make something do this: Oil ​prices are expected to moderate. In the ​shortterm a ​risingcurrency helps to moderate ​inflation.
to become less extreme, or to make something do this: His views on some ​socialissues had moderated over ​time. There have been repeated ​calls for the ​director to moderate his ​plans for ​layoffs.
(Definition of moderate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “moderate”
in Korean 보통의…
in Arabic مُعْتَدِل…
in Malaysian sederhana…
in French moyen…
in Russian умеренный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 中等的, 不過分的,適度的…
in Italian moderato…
in Turkish vasat, orta, ılımlı…
in Polish umiarkowany…
in Spanish regular…
in Vietnamese vừa phải…
in Portuguese moderado…
in Thai กลาง ๆ…
in German mittelmäßig…
in Catalan moderat…
in Japanese ほどほどの…
in Chinese (Simplified) 中等的, 不过分的,适度的…
in Indonesian sedang…
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