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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Recent Examples on the Web If information is being requested as part of an effort to regulate a student loan servicer and the department believes that regulation is pre-empted by federal law, then the data won't be released, a department spokesman said. NBC News, "Comedian Hasan Minhaj tells Congress that student borrowers are 'treated like deadbeats'," 10 Sep. 2019 During a study session Tuesday , the City Council heard a report on the pros and cons of short-term rentals and studies on what four other coastal communities are doing to regulate them. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "Huntington Beach council explores lifting prohibition on short-term vacation rentals," 6 Sep. 2019 The Amazon’s plants play an active role in regulating the ecosystem. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "4 Reasons Why We Need the Amazon Rainforest," 4 Sep. 2019 Politicians have played football, cheered for it and even proposed legislation to regulate it. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "Quiz: How well do you know football's connections to politics?," 27 Aug. 2019 In Congress, a bipartisan bill, supported by the ISA industry, would seek to regulate them as a unique category, distinct from student loans, setting guardrails on certain terms like caps on total payments and a minimum income threshold. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Lambda School's For-Profit Plan to Solve Student Debt," 26 Aug. 2019 The proposal, which was released as part of Warren’s campaign for President, would both break up the major technology companies and regulate them more heavily. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "How Elizabeth Warren Came Up with a Plan to Break Up Big Tech," 20 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, Congress began hearings on whether and how to regulate it on a national level. Kentaro Toyama, The Conversation, "Bring on the technology bans!," 19 Aug. 2019 But even Republicans in Congress, who generally resist any effort to regulate ISPs, have complained about the inaccurate maps, raising pressure on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and industry to fix the problem. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC finally orders ISPs to say exactly where they offer broadband," 1 Aug. 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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The first known use of regulate was in the 15th century

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regulate

verb
How to pronounce regulate (audio)

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
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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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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