regulate

verb

reg·​u·​late ˈre-gyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce regulate (audio)
 also  ˈrā-
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
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 There is not a law to regulate this issue in the District, but Keena Blackmon, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency said children receive duffels or backpacks through partnerships with local nonprofits and donations from individuals, churches and other organizations. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2024 These cells play a crucial role in regulating the hydration of the cornea, which helps maintain its transparency. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 Supporters of giving local governments more power to regulate firearms last year launched a campaign called Sensible Missouri to place an initiative petition on the ballot that would roll back the state’s preemption law. Kacen Bayless, Kansas City Star, 15 Feb. 2024 Limiting and regulating federal agencies and removing unnecessary statutes. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 Lawmakers are still publicly expressing optimism about prospects for regulating the AI industry. Brian Fung, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 Healthy compartmentalization involves regulating your emotions while unhealthy compartmentalizing means repressing them. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 Last October, the White House issued an executive order that reaffirmed its commitment to regulating A and addressing several issues, including worker displacement, nefarious use cases, and the potential for AI to exacerbate discrimination. Chris Morris, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 When an existential crisis hits Adam, a musical Luddite contemplating suicide, his betrothed returns to assist in regulating his ennui. Nicholas Bell, SPIN, 14 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of regulate was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near regulate

Cite this Entry

“Regulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regulate. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

regulate

verb
reg·​u·​late ˈreg-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce regulate (audio)
regulated; regulating
1
a
: to govern or direct according to rule
b
: to bring under the control of authority
regulate prices
2
: to bring order or method to
regulate one's habits
3
: to fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of
regulate the pressure of a tire
the brain regulates the heartbeat
regulator
-ˌlāt-ər
noun
regulatory
-lə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce regulate (audio)
-ˌtȯr-
adjective
Etymology

from Latin regulatus, past participle of regulare "to regulate, direct," from regula "a rule, straightedge" — related to rail entry 1, regent, rule

Medical Definition

regulate

transitive verb
reg·​u·​late ˈreg-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce regulate (audio)
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 adjective

Legal Definition

regulate

transitive verb
reg·​u·​late
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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