Definition of regulate
1a : to govern or direct according to ruleb (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
regulativeplay \-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective
regulatoryplay \-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
Examples of regulate in a Sentence
The dam regulates the flow of water into the river.
We need better laws to regulate the content of the Internet.
Laws have been made to regulate working conditions.
The government regulates how much lead may be found in our water supply.
The department regulates foreign trade.
Origin and Etymology of regulate
Middle English, from Late Latin regulatus, past participle of regulare, from Latin regula rule
First Known Use: 15th century
REGULATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of regulate for English Language Learners
: 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)
REGULATE Defined for Kids
Definition of regulate for Students
1 : to bring under the control of authority : make rules concerning Laws regulate water quality.
2 : to control the time, amount, degree, or rate of The dam regulates water flow.
3 : to bring order or method to The program is regulated well.
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
regulatory\-lə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\play adjective
Legal Definition of regulate
1 : to govern or direct according to rule
2a : to bring under the control of law b : to make regulations for or concerning
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