regulate

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reg·u·late

verb \ˈre-gyə-ˌlāt also ˈrā-\

: to set or adjust the amount, degree, or rate of (something)

: to bring (something) under the control of authority

: to make rules or laws that control (something)

reg·u·lat·edreg·u·lat·ing

Full Definition of REGULATE

transitive verb
1
a :  to govern or direct according to rule
b (1) :  to bring under the control of law or constituted authority
(2) :  to make regulations for or concerning <regulate the industries of a country>
2
:  to bring order, method, or uniformity to <regulate one's habits>
3
:  to fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of <regulate the pressure of a tire>
reg·u·la·tive \-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective
reg·u·la·to·ry \-lə-ˌtr-ē\ adjective

Examples of REGULATE

  1. The dam regulates the flow of water into the river.
  2. We need better laws to regulate the content of the Internet.
  3. Laws have been made to regulate working conditions.
  4. The government regulates how much lead may be found in our water supply.
  5. The department regulates foreign trade.

Origin of REGULATE

Middle English, from Late Latin regulatus, past participle of regulare, from Latin regula rule
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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reg·u·late

transitive verb \ˈreg-yə-ˌlāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
reg·u·lat·edreg·u·lat·ing

Medical Definition of REGULATE

1
: to control or direct according to rule or law <regulate the testing of experimental drugs>
2
: to fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of
reg·u·la·to·ry \-lə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtr-\ adjective

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