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1‘the club enjoyed moderate success’
average, modest, medium, middling, ordinary, common, commonplace, everyday, workaday
tolerable, passable, adequate, fair, decent
mediocre, indifferent, uninspired, undistinguished, unexceptional, unexciting, unremarkable, run-of-the-mill, lacklustre, forgettable, inferior, second-rate
informal OK, so-so, bog-standard, fair-to-middling, nothing to write home about, no great shakes, not so hot, not up to much
NZ informal half-pie
reasonable, within reason, acceptable, non-excessive, within due limits
inexpensive, low, cheap, bargain-basement, fair, modest
abstemious, temperate, restrained
3‘a man of moderate views’
dispassionate, non-extreme, middle-of-the-road, non-radical, non-reactionary, open to reason, equitable, impartial
restrained, controlled, temperate, sober, steady, regular, not given to excesses
easy, even, mild, tolerant, lenient
1‘the wind has moderated’
die down, abate, let up, calm down, lessen, grow less, decrease, diminish, slacken
ebb, recede, dwindle, weaken, subside
get up, increase
2‘you can do something to moderate the anger’
curb, control, check, keep in check, keep under control, hold in, temper, regulate, restrain, restrict, subdue
still, damp, repress, tame, break, lessen, deaden, decrease, lower, reduce, diminish, remit, mitigate, alleviate, allay, appease, assuage, ease, palliate, soothe, soften, calm, modulate, pacify, mellow, mince, tone down
3‘the Speaker moderates the assembly’
chair, take the chair of, preside over
arbitrate, mediate, referee, judge
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