[n] a person who takes a position in the political center
[adj] not extreme; "a moderate penalty"; "temperate in his response to criticism"
[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"
[adj] marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes; "moderate in his demands"; "restrained in his response"
[v] make less strong or intense; soften; "Tone down that aggressive letter"; "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"
[v] make less fast or intense; "moderate your speed"
[v] restrain or temper
[v] preside over; "John moderated the discussion"
[v] make less severe or harsh; "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
[v] 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"
average, cautious, centrist, chair, chasten, check, conservative, contain, control, curb, fair, fairish, hold, hold in, indifferent, intermediate, lead, limited, medium, middle of the roader, middle-of-the-road, mild, mince, minimalist, moderationist, mod