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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Kids learn how to self-regulate — monitor and manage their emotions, thoughts and behaviors in ways that yield well-being and safe, loving relationships — by observing grown-ups. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2022 The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health doesn’t regulate kids’ masks, leaving many parents to turn elsewhere for advice. Fortune, 10 Jan. 2022 Local authorities may regulate independent sites, the email states. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Jan. 2022 Hormones secreted by the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland and the ovaries regulate the monthly cycle, and they can be affected by environmental factors, stressors and life changes. New York Times, 6 Jan. 2022 In fact, over 20 states regulate Deeds of Trust as a mortgage product under state laws, effectively opening up the investment to anyone that meets minimal suitability requirements. Ignite Funding, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Jan. 2022 Ali says that use of the word as an insult became a way for societies to ‘regulate’ the appearance and behaviours of individuals and maintain social norms. Rose Stokes, refinery29.com, 26 Dec. 2021 Constitutional scholars say Congress has broad powers to regulate the administration of the courts, including requiring judges to follow ethics rules. Coulter Jones, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2021 They're designed to provide near-instant warmth with their advanced designs, most of which respond to the temperature around you to self-regulate and provide optimal heat. Emily Belfiore, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Dec. 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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13 Jan 2022

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“Regulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regulate. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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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) : control
: 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

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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