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moderator

Someone who oversees a meeting, debate, or discussion is called a moderator. It's the moderator's job to make sure that none of the candidates go over their allotted time when they answer debate questions.

A debate moderator has an important job, asking questions, maintaining order, and cutting off speakers when they're officially run out of time for a response. In a meeting, a moderator has similar tasks, ensuring that everyone gets a chance to speak — but not for too long. Online moderators can delete threatening, vulgar, or spam messages, and they also make sure discussions stay on topic. Moderators can also be more like mediators, negotiating disputes and helping people reach agreements.

Definitions of moderator
  1. noun
    someone who presides over a forum or debate
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    type of:
    presiding officer
    the leader of a group meeting
  2. noun
    in the Presbyterian church, the officer who presides over a synod or general assembly
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    type of:
    presiding officer
    the leader of a group meeting
  3. noun
    someone who mediates disputes and attempts to avoid violence
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    types:
    modifier
    a moderator who makes less extreme or uncompromising
    type of:
    go-between, intercessor, intermediary, intermediator, mediator
    a negotiator who acts as a link between parties
  4. noun
    any substance used to slow down neutrons in nuclear reactors
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    types:
    deuterium oxide, heavy water
    water containing a substantial proportion of deuterium atoms, used in nuclear reactors
    type of:
    inhibitor
    a substance that retards or stops an activity
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