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 The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulation seeks public disclosure of the data underlying studies used by agency officials in deciding how to regulate contaminants and toxins, from car exhaust to coal waste to pesticides. BostonGlobe.com, "Ex-government health chief joins warnings about EPA proposal - The Boston Globe," 14 Nov. 2019 The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulation seeks public disclosure of the data underlying studies used by agency officials in deciding how to regulate contaminants and toxins, from car exhaust to coal waste to pesticides. Washington Post, "Ex-government health chief joins warnings about EPA proposal," 13 Nov. 2019 Other cities and counties are still figuring out how to regulate the facilities, which some consider eyesores on neighborhood streets. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "5G wireless is coming — and the battle has already begun over where to allow the antennas in Maryland," 7 Nov. 2019 In previous meetings, a majority of board members seemed opened to the idea of allowing recreational marijuana sales as board discussions focused on how best to regulate dispensaries. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Deerfield votes to allow recreational marijuana sales," 5 Nov. 2019 The findings point to how policymakers can best regulate the market. Roberta Kwok, Quartz, "What companies don’t tell you about extended warranties," 1 Nov. 2019 Erin Martinez, Mark’s wife and Joey’s sister, spoke out in support of Senate Bill 19-181, a new law aimed at overhauling how oil and gas are regulated. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Anadarko faces possible state penalties for Firestone explosion," 31 Oct. 2019 Senators also criticized how the FAA regulates aircraft safety. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Boeing CEO tells Congress company knew of test pilot's 737 Max concerns," 29 Oct. 2019 How to regulate its business and other relations with China is the greatest strategic challenge facing the United States. Douglas J. Feith, National Review, "China’s Maritime Strategic Challenge," 18 Oct. 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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23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Regulate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regulated. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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More Definitions for regulate

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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