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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Professional fireworks, like those seen at Navy Pier on July 4, are regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Javonte Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "Burning at 1,800 degrees, even the humble sparkler can be dangerous, fire officials warn," 3 July 2019 The park is regulated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and by the federal government. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Raising Cain: Meet Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s 8-week-old lion cub," 2 July 2019 But some utility customers in Arizona continue to be threatened by their electric company with power shut-offs because their electric company isn't regulated by the Arizona Corporation Commission and instead is a political subdivision of the state. Riley Murdock, azcentral, "Some Arizona electric companies are shutting off the power despite emergency rule," 21 June 2019 Federal action needed That illustrates the need for Congress to get involved, said Pollitz, since large-employer plans are regulated by federal law, and surprise billing protections already enacted by states like New York do not apply to them. CBS News, "Surprise medical bills: Congress aims to ease the pain," 20 June 2019 That illustrates the need for Congress to get involved, said Pollitz, since large-employer plans are regulated by federal law and surprise billing protections already enacted by states like New York do not apply to them. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, The Denver Post, "1 in 6 ER visits or hospital stays triggers a “surprise” medical bill," 20 June 2019 That illustrates the need for Congress to get involved, said Pollitz, since large-employer plans are regulated by federal law and surprise billing protections already enacted by states like New York do not apply to them. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Houston Chronicle, "1 in 6 ER visits or hospital stays triggers 'surprise' bill," 20 June 2019 The association will be regulated by Swiss financial authorities, Facebook said. Rachel Lerman, Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook plans to launch digital currency for its 2 billion-plus users," 18 June 2019 Few of the changes will have broad impact on skilled nursing homes that are already regulated by the state and federal government. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "11 Minnesota nursing homes on federal ‘secret’ list of troubled facilities," 15 June 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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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 regulatory (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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