Definition of regulate
< Latin regulatus, pp. of regulare ("to direct, rule, regulate") < regula ("rule"): see rule. Cf. regle, rail.
to regulate (third-person singular simple present regulates, present participle regulating, simple past and past participle regulated)
- To dictate policy.
- To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
- To adjust to a particular specification or requirement: regulate temperature.
- To adjust (a mechanism) for accurate and proper functioning.
- To put or maintain in order: regulate one's eating habits.
- regulate in Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- regulate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
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