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 EasyPay has affiliated with a bank, and a state has no power to regulate a bank based in another state. BostonGlobe.com, 23 May 2021 The Constitution gives every state legislature the power to regulate the elections that produce electoral votes. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 But in their court filings, U.S. government lawyers countered that Florida has no standing to sue and that the CDC, not the state, has the power to regulate cruise ships sailing from American ports. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, 12 May 2021 In February, a federal judge in Texas ruled that the federal government’s power to regulate interstate commerce under the Constitution doesn’t give it the right to impose a moratorium on evictions. Author: David Yaffe-bellany, Noah Buhayar, Anchorage Daily News, 5 May 2021 For example, the most significant reason for the hair on our heads, says Jablonski, is to regulate our brain’s temperature. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, 23 Dec. 2020 In 2007, the Supreme Court confirmed that the act allows the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as pollutants. David Carlin, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Utah Senate President Stuart Adams wants to bring together a coalition of states to find ways for the government to regulate online speech. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Apr. 2021 Regan’s past actions do leave the door open for his EPA to more stringently regulate how hog farms and others manage their waste. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 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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6 Jun 2021

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“Regulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regulate. Accessed 14 Jun. 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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