Definition of regulate
- regulate the industries of a country
- regulate one's habits
- regulate the pressure of a tire
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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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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)
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