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Definition of moderate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    moderate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈmɒdəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːdəreɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they moderate
    BrE BrE//ˈmɒdəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːdəreɪt//
     
    he / she / it moderates
    BrE BrE//ˈmɒdəreɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːdəreɪts//
     
    past simple moderated
    BrE BrE//ˈmɒdəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːdəreɪtɪd//
     
    past participle moderated
    BrE BrE//ˈmɒdəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːdəreɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form moderating
    BrE BrE//ˈmɒdəreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːdəreɪtɪŋ//
     
    Exams and assessment
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (formal) to become or make something become less extreme, severe, etc. By evening the wind had moderated slightly. moderate something We agreed to moderate our original demands. She apologized immediately and moderated her voice.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] moderate (something) (British English) to check that an exam has been marked fairly and in the same way by different people See related entries: Exams and assessment
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] moderate (something) to be in charge of a discussion or debate and make sure it is fair The television debate was moderated by a law professor. a moderated newsgroup
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin moderat- ‘reduced, controlled’, from the verb moderare; related to modest.
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