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verb [transitive]     temper pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participletempering
past tensetempered
past participletempered
  1. 1
    formal to make something less strong or extreme, especially by adding something that has the opposite effect

    The time had come to temper idealism with reality.

  2. 2
    to make steel hard by heating it and then making it cold

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