Other forms: moderated; moderates; moderating

A moderate voter is someone who is politically speaking, in the center. In other words, they are not quite left or right, but somewhere in the middle.

Moderate comes from the Latin for "medium sized," and as a noun and an adjective it means "middle, medium." If you get moderate rainfall, it's not too much and not too little. Goldilocks was known for her moderate tastes. As a verb, it means "to temper," or "to reduce from the extreme." If you moderate your speed while driving, you slow down a bit. If you moderate a discussion, you help two or more people have a reasonable conversation.

Definitions of moderate
  1. adjective
    marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes
    moderate in his demands”
    synonyms: restrained
    not extreme in behavior
  2. adjective
    not extreme
    “a moderate penalty”
    synonyms: temperate
    moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme
  3. 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”
    moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme
    average, intermediate, medium
    around the middle of a scale of evaluation
    cautious, conservative
    avoiding excess
    fair, fairish, reasonable
    not excessive or extreme
    neither too great nor too little
    not excessive
    not extreme, especially in political views
    advocating minimal reforms (as in government or politics)
    modest, small
    not large but sufficient in size or amount
    not extreme in behavior
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    beyond reasonable limits
    possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
    much greater than the normal
    extreme; used as an intensifier
    exaggerated, overdone, overstated
    represented as greater than is true or reasonable
    excessive, inordinate, undue, unreasonable
    beyond normal limits
    exorbitant, extortionate, extravagant, outrageous, steep, unconscionable, usurious
    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    extraordinary, over-the-top, sinful
    far more than usual or expected
    far beyond a norm in quantity or amount or degree; to an utmost degree
    beyond a norm in views or actions
    extremist, radical, ultra
    (used of opinions and actions) far beyond the norm
    beyond a norm in opinion or actions
    complete or extreme
    not reasonable; not showing good judgment
    excessive in behavior
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  4. noun
    a person who takes a position in the political center
    synonyms: centrist, middle of the roader, moderationist
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    type of:
    adult, grownup
    a fully developed person from maturity onward
Definitions of moderate
  1. verb
    synonyms: chasten, temper
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
    moderate your alcohol intake”
    synonyms: check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in
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    bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
    place limits on (extent or access)
    conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
    to put down by force or authority
    restrain or discourage
    crucify, mortify, subdue
    hold within limits and control
    abnegate, deny
    deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
    place under restrictions; limit access to
    cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it
    check oneself during an action
    moderate or restrain; lessen the force of
    control the temperature with a thermostat
    counteract, countercheck
    oppose or check by a counteraction
    blink, blink away, wink
    force to go away by blinking
    reduce, tighten
    narrow or limit
    limit or restrict to
    restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment
    draw a line, draw the line
    reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)
    mark off, mark out
    set boundaries to and delimit
    harness, rein, rule
    keep in check
    baffle, regulate
    check the emission of (sound)
    cramp, halter, hamper, strangle
    prevent the progress or free movement of
    dampen, stifle
    smother or suppress
    choke back, choke down, choke off
    constrain, stiffen, tighten, tighten up
    clamp down, crack down
    repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)
    hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
    cause to be quiet or not talk
    constrict, inhibit
    limit the range or extent of
    get rid of, silence, or suppress
    keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
    quell, quench, squelch
    suppress or crush completely
    constrain, cumber, encumber, restrain
    hold back
    muffle, repress, smother, stifle, strangle
    conceal or hide
    practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
    declare unavailable, as for security reasons
    declare as sacred and forbidden
    train on a trellis, as of a vine
    scant, skimp
    limit in quality or quantity
    localise, localize
    restrict something to a particular area
    type of:
    hold back, keep, keep back, restrain
    keep under control; keep in check
  3. verb
    make less fast or intense
    moderate your speed”
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    type of:
    decelerate, slow down
    reduce the speed of
  4. verb
    make less strong or intense; soften
    synonyms: tame, tone down
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  5. verb
    make less severe or harsh
    “He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears”
    synonyms: mince, soften
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  6. verb
    preside over
    “John moderated the discussion”
    synonyms: chair, lead
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    type of:
    discuss, hash out, talk over
    speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion
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