regulate

verb
reg·u·late | \ ˈre-gyə-ˌlāt also ˈrā- \
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 alsoˈrā- \ adjective
regulatory \ˈre-gyə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē alsoˈrā- \ 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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Citizens must use public amenities regulated by a company that profits by charging admission. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Curtain Call's ‘Urinetown’ hilariously addresses basic needs amid greed, love, revolution," 6 July 2018 Ads for federal offices such as president, U.S. senator or representative will not be affected because they are regulated by the Federal Election Commission. Michael Dresser, baltimoresun.com, "Google no longer accepting state, local election ads in Maryland as result of new disclosure law," 29 June 2018 Kraken isn’t similarly regulated by the government. Matthew Leising, Bloomberg.com, "Crypto Coin Tether Defies Logic on Kraken’s Market, Raising Red Flags," 29 June 2018 Medicaid spending is strictly regulated by the federal government. Catherine Marfin, Houston Chronicle, "Texas budget board asks state agencies to be ready to cut10 percent from future spending," 22 June 2018 Both groups saw shoppers and museumgoers as bodies to be regulated by protocols of decorum when occupying these spaces. Courtney Coffman, The Atlantic, "Shops Aren’t for Shopping Anymore," 19 June 2018 The bill would establish banks and credit unions, regulated by the Department of Business Oversight, that could process deposits, withdrawals and other transactions by cannabis businesses. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "California Senate passes bill to create banks for pot businesses," 30 May 2018 Surrogacy and the donation of eggs and sperm are regulated by the mostly male Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, whose rules are unduly restrictive. The Economist, "No country resorts to IVF more than Japan—or has less success," 24 May 2018 The Department of Justice, in a motion for summary judgment filed in October, challenged plaintiffs' standing to sue and argued his use of the social media platform isn't regulated by the First Amendment. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Donald Trump Can't Block Twitter Users Over Politics, Judge Rules," 23 May 2018

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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 \
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 \
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- \ 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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