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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
    By its astringent quality, it moderates the relaxing quality of warm water.   --Arbuthnot.
    To moderate stiff minds disposed to strive.   --Spenser.
 2. To preside over, direct, or regulate, as a public meeting or a discussion; as, to moderate a synod; to moderate a debate.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : having elements or qualities mixed in proper or suitable
            proportions; especially made less severe; "justice
            moderated with mercy" [syn: qualified]