self-reg·​u·​late | \ ˌself-ˈre-gyə-ˌlāt also -ˈrā- How to pronounce self-regulate (audio) \
self-regulated; self-regulating; self-regulates

Definition of self-regulate

1 intransitive : to regulate oneself or itself allowing markets to self-regulate … noted the overwhelming lack of public trust in the financial services industry's ability to self-regulate effectively …— Sally Rose The idea is that the kids learn how to manage and self-regulate.— Cheyenne Derksen Schroeder
2 transitive : to control or govern (something) for or by oneself … was hired by the motion picture industry to head up a new body to self-regulate the movies.— Katharine Monk the ability of the child to self-regulate her behavior … a horse who is permitted to self-regulate his intake will eat only what his body needs.— Juliet M. Getty

Other Words from self-regulate

self-regulative \ ˌself-​ˈre-​gyə-​ˌlā-​tiv also  -​ˈrā-​ How to pronounce self-regulative (audio) \ adjective
self-regulative processes

First Known Use of self-regulate

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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a period when something is suspended

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