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 The budget request, released Monday, calls for creating an entirely new agency nested under the Department of Health and Human Services to regulate tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner, "Trump calls for ending FDA authority for regulating tobacco," 10 Feb. 2020 Grantham's law would expand on existing law that limits how local governments can regulate the industry. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Arizona may pass a law to block airports from raising fees for Uber, Lyft," 8 Feb. 2020 That Fall Short State boards and legislatures have wrestled with how to regulate the industry. New York Times, "How Chaos at Chain Pharmacies Is Putting Patients at Risk," 31 Jan. 2020 Hu adds that scientists haven’t reached a consensus on whether to regulate PFAS on an individual basis or as an entire class. National Geographic, "Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ more common in tap water than thought, report says," 24 Jan. 2020 Many of the lawmakers who must now grapple with questions of net neutrality, cyberwarfare and how to regulate Facebook were approaching retirement age when social media was invented. Charlotte Alter, Time, "How Millennial Leaders Will Change America," 23 Jan. 2020 Europe’s top antitrust cop, Margrethe Vestager, now has a second, broader role, as the European Commission’s vice president for digital policy, deciding how the EU should regulate internet businesses. Parmy Olson, WSJ, "European Regulators Target Big Tech Companies," 20 Jan. 2020 Two high-level panels were formed with representatives from several countries—but not Russia—to examine the ethics of such work and how to regulate it. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Embattled Russian scientist sharpens plans to create gene-edited babies," 21 Oct. 2019 They are regulated at the state level by the California Public Utilities Commission. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Uber’s new policies could encourage discrimination, advocates fear," 15 Jan. 2020

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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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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Regulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regulate. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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