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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some advocates have expressed concern that the rule could be weakened or thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court, which has recently sought to limit the government’s ability to regulate major issues. Meris Lutz, ajc, 31 July 2022 The Supreme Court has limited the federal government's ability to regulate greenhouse gases, and tax breaks to spur low-carbon technologies have been stalled in the Senate. David R. Baker, BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2022 But in conducting research, Rudd realized that there were issues specific to suicide, like the ability to regulate the rapid onset of emotional pain, as well as feelings such as worthlessness or hopelessness. Mario Aguilar, STAT, 28 July 2022 That effort takes away from our ability to emotionally regulate. Hannah Smothers, SELF, 26 July 2022 In another setback for climate activists, the Supreme Court severely limited the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate climate-warming carbon dioxide from electric power plants. New York Times, 17 July 2022 This economic disquiet was caused by stock speculation and oscillating levels of trust in the federal government’s ability to regulate cash flow and support banks. al, 11 July 2022 The Supreme Court ruled, as expected, to limit the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate pollution last week by constraining the agency’s authority to areas explicitly approved by Congress. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 6 July 2022 As Professor Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University maintains, the West Virginia v EPA case has repercussions that extend beyond the EPA’s ability to regulate the environment. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 5 July 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for regulate

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

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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