regulate

verb
reg·​u·​late | \ ˈre-gyə-ˌlāt also ˈrā- How to pronounce regulate (audio) \
regulated; regulating

Definition of regulate

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Other Words from regulate

regulative \ ˈre-​gyə-​ˌlā-​tiv How to pronounce regulative (audio) also  ˈrā-​ \ adjective
regulatory \ ˈre-​gyə-​lə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce regulatory (audio) also  ˈrā-​ \ 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.
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No heat standard for businesses The Industrial Commission of Arizona, which regulates employment laws in the state, does not have specific standards about heat. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "Phoenix Family Dollar store without air conditioning for weeks as temps eclipse 110," 17 July 2019 The three agencies that regulate marijuana need to do a better job communicating. Washington Post, "California pot regulators struggling with job, audit says," 17 July 2019 No rule that regulates lawyers and legal practice would prevent any lawyer currently licensed in Maryland from taking the case, absent a conflict of interest. Donna Engle, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Legal Matters: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet," 12 July 2019 Busch’s team identified a gene called EXOCYST70A3 that regulates auxin, without interfering with other pathways. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Salk Institute scientists get to the root of plant growth," 11 July 2019 Take France, which regulates religious apparel, and religion generally, in a stricter way than any other democracy. Erasmus, The Economist, "Western governments are telling Muslim women not to cover up," 10 July 2019 But more typically, laws that regulate pollutant discharge apply to pollutants like solid waste in general, not nurdles specifically. Julissa Treviño, WIRED, "Little Plastic 'Nurdles' Are Flooding Beaches and Waterways," 10 July 2019 Schrems originally filed his latest case with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, which regulates Facebook in Europe. Hadas Gold, CNN, "This European court case against Facebook could have implications far beyond tech," 9 July 2019 Arkansas Little Rock: A woman has been appointed to a full term on the commission that regulates hunting and fishing for the first time in state history. USA TODAY, "Moon rocks, Misty of Chincoteague, Haiku Stairs: News from around our 50 states," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of regulate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for regulate

Middle English, from Late Latin regulatus, past participle of regulare, from Latin regula rule

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regulate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of regulate

: 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

verb
reg·​u·​late | \ ˈre-gyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce regulate (audio) \
regulated; regulating

Kids Definition of regulate

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.

Other Words from regulate

regulator \ -​ˌlā-​tər \ noun

regulate

transitive verb
reg·​u·​late | \ ˈreg-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce regulate (audio) \
regulated; regulating

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

Other Words from regulate

regulatory \ -​lə-​ˌtōr-​ē, -​ˌtȯr-​ How to pronounce regulatory (audio) \ adjective

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regulate

transitive verb
reg·​u·​late
regulated; regulating

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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