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  1. [noun] a person who takes a position in the political center
    Synonyms: centrist, middle of the roader, moderationist

  2. [verb] preside over; "John moderated the discussion"
    Synonyms: chair, lead

  3. [verb] make less fast or intense; "moderate your speed"

  4. [verb] lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
    Synonyms: control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb

  5. [verb] make less severe or harsh; "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
    Synonyms: mince, soften

  6. [verb] make less strong or intense; soften; "Tone down that aggressive letter"; "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"
    Synonyms: tone down, tame

  7. [verb] restrain or temper
    Synonyms: chasten, temper

  8. [adjective] being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme; "moderate prices"; "a moderate income"; "a moderate fine"; "moderate demands"; "a moderate estimate"; "a moderate eater"; "moderate success"; "a kitchen of moderate size"; "the X-ray showed moderate enlargement of the heart"

  9. [adjective] not extreme; "a moderate penalty"; "temperate in his response to criticism"
    Synonyms: temperate

  10. [adjective] marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes; "moderate in his demands"; "restrained in his response"
    Synonyms: restrained


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