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adjective moderate pronunciation in American English /ˈmɑd(ə)rət/
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  1. 1
    neither very great nor very small in amount, size, strength, or degree
    Cook the spinach over a moderate heat.
    A moderate earthquake shook the San Francisco bay area this afternoon.
    We need more housing for moderate-income families.
    This is a new drug for treating mild to moderate depression.
    moderate increase/loss/growth: This month has seen a moderate increase in house prices.
  2. 2
    reasonable and avoiding extreme opinions or actions
    She was in the moderate wing of the party.
    The tone of his speech was quite moderate.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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