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 for moderate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Moderate \Mod"er*ate\, v. i.
     1. To become less violent, severe, rigorous, or intense; as,
        the wind has moderated.
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     2. To preside as a moderator.
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              Dr. Barlow [was] engaged . . . to moderate for him
              in the divinity disputation.          --Bp. Barlow's
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Moderate \Mod"er*ate\, n. (Eccl. Hist.)
     One of a party in the Church of Scotland in the 18th century,
     and part of the 19th, professing moderation in matters of
     church government, in discipline, and in doctrine.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Moderate \Mod"er*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Moderated; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Moderating.]
     1. To restrain from excess of any kind; to reduce from a
        state of violence, intensity, or excess; to keep within
        bounds; to make temperate; to lessen; to allay; to
        repress; to temper; to qualify; as, to moderate rage,
        action, desires, etc.; to moderate heat or wind.
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              By its astringent quality, it moderates the relaxing
              quality of warm water.                --Arbuthnot.
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              To moderate stiff minds disposed to strive.
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     2. To preside over, direct, or regulate, as a public meeting
        or a discussion; as, to moderate a synod; to moderate a
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Moderate \Mod"er*ate\, a. [L. moderatus, p. p. of moderate,
     moderati, to moderate, regulate, control, fr. modus measure.
     See Mode.]
     Kept within due bounds; observing reasonable limits; not
     excessive, extreme, violent, or rigorous; limited;
     restrained; as:
     (a) Limited in quantity; sparing; temperate; frugal; as,
         moderate in eating or drinking; a moderate table.
     (b) Limited in degree of activity, energy, or excitement;
         reasonable; calm; slow; as, moderate language; moderate
     (c) Not extreme in opinion, in partisanship, and the like;
         as, a moderate Calvinist; a moderate Republican.
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               A number of moderate members managed . . . to
               obtain a majority in a thin house.   --Swift.
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     (d) Not violent or rigorous; temperate; mild; gentle; as, a
         moderate winter. "Moderate showers." --Walter.
     (e) Limited as to degree of progress; as, to travel at
         moderate speed.
     (f) Limited as to the degree in which a quality, principle,
         or faculty appears; as, an infusion of moderate strength;
         a man of moderate abilities.
     (g) Limited in scope or effects; as, a reformation of a
         moderate kind. --Hooker.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: 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" [ant: immoderate]
      2: not extreme; "a moderate penalty"; "temperate in his response
         to criticism" [syn: moderate, temperate]
      3: marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes; "moderate in
         his demands"; "restrained in his response" [syn: moderate,
      n 1: a person who takes a position in the political center [syn:
           centrist, middle of the roader, moderate,
      v 1: preside over; "John moderated the discussion" [syn:
           moderate, chair, lead]
      2: make less fast or intense; "moderate your speed"
      3: 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" [syn:
         control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb,
      4: make less severe or harsh; "He moderated his tone when the
         students burst out in tears" [syn: mince, soften,
      5: make less strong or intense; soften; "Tone down that
         aggressive letter"; "The author finally tamed some of his
         potentially offensive statements" [syn: tone down,
         moderate, tame]
      6: restrain [syn: chasten, moderate, temper]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  372 Moby Thesaurus words for "moderate":
     K, Laodicean, abate, acceptable, accepting, act between, adequate,
     adjust to, admissible, all right, allay, alleviate, alter, ambling,
     apathetic, arbitrate, arrest, assuage, attemper, average,
     backpedal, backwater, balanced, banal, bank the fire, bargain,
     better than nothing, betwixt and between, bland, blunt, bound,
     box in, brake, budget, calm, cautious, center, central, centrist,
     chair, chasten, cheap, check, circumscribe, circumspect,
     claudicant, clement, clip the wings, common, compassionate,
     compromiser, condition, confine, conservative, constant, constrain,
     contain, control, controlled, cool, coordinate, copyright,
     crawling, creeping, creeping like snail, curb, cushion, damp,
     dampen, de-emphasize, deaden, decelerate, decent, decrease, defuse,
     delay, deliberate, detain, diminish, direct, discipline, discreet,
     downplay, draw rein, draw the line, dull, ease, ease off, ease up,
     easy, easygoing, ebb, economic, economy, equable, even, extenuate,
     fair, fair to middling, fairish, fall, faltering, fifty-fifty,
     flagging, foot-dragging, forbearant, forbearing, forgiving, frugal,
     gentle, go between, good enough, goodish, gradual, grave,
     half-and-half, halting, hedge, hedge about, hobbled, hobbling,
     hold back, hold in check, hold up, humane, idle, impartial, impede,
     inconsequential, inconsiderable, independent, indifferent,
     indolent, inexpensive, insipid, intercede, intermediary,
     intermediate, interpose, intervene, judge, judicious, keep back,
     keep within bounds, lackluster, languid, languorous, lax, lay,
     lazy, leaven, leisurely, lenient, lenify, lessen, let down, let up,
     let up on, lighten, limit, limping, lose ground, lose momentum,
     lose speed, low, low-priced, lumbering, make terms, manage,
     manageable, mean, measured, medial, median, mediate, mediocre,
     medium, meet halfway, merciful, middle, middle-of-the-road,
     middle-of-the-roader, middling, midway, mild, mild as milk,
     mitigate, moderantist, moderationist, moderatist, modest, modify,
     modulate, mollify, namby-pamby, narrow, negotiate, neuter, neutral,
     nominal, nonaligned, noncommitted, nonpartisan, nonviolent, normal,
     not amiss, not bad, not half bad, not so bad, obstruct, obtund,
     of a kind, of a sort, of sorts, okay, on the fence, ordinary,
     pacifistic, palliate, paltry, passable, passive, patent, patient,
     peaceable, peaceful, piddling, play down, poking, poky,
     presentable, preside over, pretty good, prudent, qualify, rational,
     reasonable, reduce, reduce the temperature, reef, referee,
     register, regulate, regulate by, rein in, relax, relaxed, relent,
     relieve, reluctant, remit, represent, respectable, restrain,
     restrained, restrict, retard, routine, run, satisfactory,
     sauntering, scant, season, sedate, sensible, serious, set back,
     set conditions, set limits, shabby, shoddy, shuffling, slack,
     slack off, slack up, slacken, slight, slothful, slow,
     slow as death, slow as molasses, slow as slow, slow down, slow up,
     slow-crawling, slow-foot, slow-going, slow-legged, slow-moving,
     slow-paced, slow-poky, slow-running, slow-sailing, slow-stepped,
     sluggish, small, smother, snail-paced, snaillike, so-so, sober,
     sober down, sober-minded, sobersided, soft, soft-shell, soften,
     solemn, soothe, sparing, specialize, staggering, staid, standard,
     stay, steady, step in, stifle, stint, stinting, straiten,
     strolling, subdue, subside, sufficient, supervise, suppress,
     take in sail, tame, tedious, temper, temperate, tender, tentative,
     third-force, third-world, throttle down, tidy, toddling, token,
     tolerable, tolerant, tone down, tortoiselike, tottering,
     treat with, trifling, trivial, trudging, tune down, turtlelike,
     umpire, uncommitted, underplay, unexceptionable, unexceptional,
     unexcessive, unexpensive, unextreme, unhurried, unimpassioned,
     uninvolved, unobjectionable, usual, vapid, waddling, wane, weaken,
     wishy-washy, within means, workmanlike, worth the money

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