reg·​u·​la·​tor | \ ˈre-gyə-ˌlā-tər also ˈrā- How to pronounce regulator (audio) \

Definition of regulator

1 : one that regulates

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Examples of regulator in a Sentence

the voltage regulator will make sure your car's alternator gets the right amount of electricity
Recent Examples on the Web The university was fined $24,000 by federal regulators., "Officials at the USDA said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.," 7 Nov. 2019 The Irish airline said in a statement Wednesday that inspections ordered by US regulators had turned up problems with a small number of its oldest 737s, which are now being repaired by Boeing. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Ryanair is the latest airline to find cracks in Boeing 737s," 6 Nov. 2019 Uber and Lyft also have to contend with interest by regulators and lawmakers to impose more restrictions on the companies or force them to increase driver earnings and cut back on the number of cars on the road in large cities. Washington Post, "Uber Puts the Brakes on Growth at Any Cost," 5 Nov. 2019 Kessler, a resident of Fremont and a graduate of UCSF’s School of Pharmacy, had practiced under her own name until she was placed on probation by state regulators in 2007 for stealing opioids from a Bakersfield pharmacy. Josh Koehn,, "The Scanner: Law enforcement ‘vigilant’ against looters during Kincade Fire," 4 Nov. 2019 But new technology, currently being certified by regulators, gives pilots and passengers the option of hitting what is basically a panic button, to automatically land an aircraft. CBS News, "New technology can automatically land small planes when pilot is incapacitated," 4 Nov. 2019 The deal is expected to close next year if approved by regulators and Fitbit shareholders. Michelle Chapman,, "Google, buying Fitbit for $2.1 billion, ‘doesn’t want to be left out’ on wearables," 1 Nov. 2019 In June, MD Anderson was cited by federal regulators for several safety issues related to the quality of patient care, nursing and laboratory services. NBC News, "Trump taps cancer specialist from Texas hospital to run FDA," 1 Nov. 2019 But based on the rates allowed by state regulators, the increases will moderate -- at least compared to past years. oregonlive, "Moderate rate hikes in store as open enrollment begins for individual health insurance buyers," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of regulator

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of regulator was in 1648

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English Language Learners Definition of regulator

: a device for controlling the level or amount of something (such as speed or temperature)
: an official who works for the part of the government that controls a public activity (such as banking or insurance) by making and enforcing rules


reg·​u·​la·​tor | \ ˈreg-yə-ˌlāt-ər How to pronounce regulator (audio) \

Medical Definition of regulator

1 : one that regulates


reg·​u·​la·​tor | \ ˈre-gyə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce regulator (audio) \

Legal Definition of regulator

: one (as a government agency) that regulates

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