regulate

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

Other Words from regulate

regulative \ ˈre-​gyə-​ˌlā-​tiv How to pronounce regulate (audio) also  ˈrā-​ \ adjective
regulatory \ ˈre-​gyə-​lə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce regulate (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Is Scottsdale doing enough to regulate short-term rentals? Sam Kmack, The Arizona Republic, 20 Sep. 2022 States aren’t waiting for the federal government to regulate Big Tech. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2022 New York legalized marijuana in 2021 after years of haggling in the legislature about how to regulate the marketplace and distribute cannabis tax revenue. Jimmy Vielkind And Zusha Elinson, WSJ, 17 Sep. 2022 Currently, there are no rules to regulate convenience charges in India. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 16 Sep. 2022 But the decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is unlikely to be the last word in a legal battle that has stakes beyond Texas, and could impact how some of the world's biggest tech companies regulate content by their users. Paul J. Weber, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2022 In April, a new law clarified that the FDA could regulate products that use synthetic nicotine. Jen Christensen, CNN, 16 Sep. 2022 My balance can get wonky and sometimes my body is unable to regulate its temperature. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2022 The corrupting flow of money has its roots in how California crafted its cannabis legalization law to regulate an industry that until recently operated underground. Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for regulate

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 regulate (audio) \ adjective

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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