moderate

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.

Primary Meanings of moderate

1.
adjnv
marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes
a person who takes a position in the political center
restrain
2.
v
preside over
Full Definitions of moderate
1

adj marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes

moderate in his demands”
Synonyms:
restrained
temperate
not extreme in behavior

adj not extreme

“a moderate penalty”
Synonyms:
temperate
mild
moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme

adj 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”
Synonyms:
mild
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
indifferent
neither too great nor too little
limited
not excessive
middle-of-the-road
not extreme, especially in political views
minimalist
advocating minimal reforms (as in government or politics)
modest, small
not large but sufficient in size or amount
temperate
not extreme in behavior
Antonyms:
immoderate
beyond reasonable limits
intense
possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
abnormal
much greater than the normal
all-fired
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, outrageous, steep, unconscionable, usurious
greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
extraordinary, over-the-top, sinful
far more than usual or expected
extreme
far beyond a norm in quantity or amount or degree; to an utmost degree
extreme
beyond a norm in views or actions
extremist, radical, ultra
(used of opinions and actions) far beyond the norm
far
beyond a norm in opinion or actions
stark
complete or extreme
unreasonable
not reasonable; not showing good judgment
intemperate
excessive in behavior
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n a person who takes a position in the political center

Synonyms:
centrist, middle of the roader, moderationist
Type of:
adult, grownup
a fully developed person from maturity onward

v restrain

Synonyms:
chasten, temper
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v 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
Types:
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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
damp
restrain or discourage
crucify, mortify, subdue
hold within limits and control
abnegate, deny
deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
restrict
place under restrictions; limit access to
train
cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it
catch
check oneself during an action
bate
moderate or restrain; lessen the force of
thermostat
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
tie
limit or restrict to
gate
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
suppress
constrain, stiffen, tighten, tighten up
restrict
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
inhibit
limit the range or extent of
burke
get rid of, silence, or suppress
silence
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
mortify
practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
classify
declare unavailable, as for security reasons
taboo
declare as sacred and forbidden
trellis
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

v make less fast or intense

moderate your speed”
Type of:
decelerate, slow down
reduce the speed of

v make less strong or intense; soften

Synonyms:
tame, tone down
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v make less severe or harsh

“He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears”
Synonyms:
mince, soften
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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v preside over

“John moderated the discussion”
Synonyms:
chair, lead
Type of:
discuss, hash out, talk over
speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

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