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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The movement to regulate methane releases is supported among major oil and gas producers that have already invested in mitigation efforts. Ken Silverstein, Forbes, "Capturing Methane From Oil And Gas Operations Is Doable And Profitable," 10 May 2021 The American Academy of Pediatrics opposes bills to regulate the medical care of transgender youth. al, "Pediatricians say Alabama transgender bill could outlaw circumcision," 8 May 2021 The region is unstable, and there are no reliable institutions to regulate production. New York Times, "How Botanical Oils Won Over the West," 7 May 2021 There have been growing calls to regulate ghost guns in recent months. Rachael Levy, WSJ, "Justice Department Proposes Rule to Curb Spread of ‘Ghost Guns’," 7 May 2021 Zuckerberg first publicly floated the idea of creating the Oversight Board in 2018, just as lawmakers around the world were mulling ways to regulate the social network. Washington Post, "Facebook Oversight Board permanently bans Trump from the platform," 6 May 2021 The bill to regulate party leadership is just the latest sign of division among Senate Republicans. oregonlive, "2 Republican senators don’t want fellow GOP senators to hold state party leadership roles," 5 May 2021 The city doesn’t currently have rules to regulate short-term rentals. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, "Dallas residents call for more city oversight of short-term rentals," 5 May 2021 Trying to regulate these chemicals often resembles a game of whack-a-mole. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Asia's multibillion dollar methamphetamine cartels are using creative chemistry to outfox police, experts say," 3 May 2021

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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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13 May 2021

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“Regulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regulate. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for regulate

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 regulate (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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