regulate

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verb reg·u·late \ ˈre-gyə-ˌlāt also ˈrā- \

Definition of regulate

regulated; regulating
transitive verb
1 a :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

regulative

play \-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective

regulatory

play \-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of regulate in a Sentence

  1. The dam regulates the flow of water into the river.

  2. We need better laws to regulate the content of the Internet.

  3. Laws have been made to regulate working conditions.

  4. The government regulates how much lead may be found in our water supply.

  5. The department regulates foreign trade.

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Origin and Etymology of regulate

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


REGULATE Defined for English Language Learners

regulate

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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

regulate

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verb reg·u·late \ ˈre-gyə-ˌlāt \

Definition of regulate for Students

regulated; regulating
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.

regulator

\-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Medical Dictionary

regulate

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transitive verb reg·u·late \ ˈreg-yə-ˌlāt \

medical Definition of regulate

regulated; regulating
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

play \-lə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\ adjective

Law Dictionary

regulate

transitive verb reg·u·late

legal Definition of regulate

regulated; regulating
1 :to govern or direct according to rule
2 a :to bring under the control of law
b :to make regulations for or concerning


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