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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Recent Examples on the Web Backers of a bill that would regulate and tax wagering on sports other than horse racing say the necessary votes should be in place when the state legislature reconvenes in January. Rana L. Cash, The Courier-Journal, "12 unforgettable sports stories from 2019 that kept us talking all year long," 30 Dec. 2019 In addition to this, Tallian said there needs to be one commission to regulate everything CBD-related. Emily Ketterer, Indianapolis Star, "Marijuana reform bills filed in Indiana House and Senate for 2020," 27 Dec. 2019 The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other groups are pointing to disasters like MIDAS to push for laws that limit, regulate and increase transparency in the ways governments collect and use data for computerized decision-making. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "State of Michigan's mistake led to man filing bankruptcy," 22 Dec. 2019 For those prone to overheating at night, linen is great at regulating temperature and keeping the bedding as breathable as possible. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "Luxury linens that are worth the price," 17 Dec. 2019 These microorganisms can communicate with our brains to regulate bodily functions and even influence our mood, as well as chronic conditions such as anxiety, through chemical communication pathways known as the gut-brain axis. Martin Oeggerli, National Geographic, "How trillions of microbes affect every stage of our life—from birth to old age," 17 Dec. 2019 Outside of broadcasting, our newsrooms are supposed to self-regulate and yet there are no — zero — updated reports on their demographics. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "The Great White Nope," 13 Dec. 2019 That would give the FCC authority not only to restore the net neutrality rules that the FCC jettisoned in 2017, but to regulate rates as well, something the Obama-era FCC declined to do. Wired, "Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right," 6 Dec. 2019 Bruce Babbitt, the former governor who signed the 1980 Groundwater Management Act into law, is calling for the state to regulate groundwater in rural areas and give county officials a leading role. AZCentral.com, "Megafarms and deeper wells are draining the water beneath rural Arizona – quietly, irreversibly," 5 Dec. 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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The first known use of regulate was in the 15th century

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5 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Regulate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regulatory. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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More Definitions for regulate

regulate

verb
How to pronounce regulate (audio)

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
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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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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