Definitions for: Regulate


[v] check the emission of (sound)
[v] set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly; "set clocks or instruments"; "regulate the thermostat"
[v] fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of; "regulate the temperature"; "modulate the pitch"
[v] shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"
[v] bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"



Webster (1913) Definition: Reg"u*late (-l[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Regulated
(-l[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Regulating.] [L.
regulatus, p. p. of regulare, fr. regula. See Regular.]
1. To adjust by rule, method, or established mode; to direct
by rule or restriction; to subject to governing principles
or laws.

The laws which regulate the successions of the
seasons. --Macaulay.

The herdsmen near the frontier adjudicated their own
disputes, and regulated their own police.
--Bancroft.

2. To put in good order; as, to regulate the disordered state
of a nation or its finances.

3. To adjust, or maintain, with respect to a desired rate,
degree, or condition; as, to regulate the temperature of a
room, the pressure of steam, the speed of a machine, etc.

To regulate a watch or clock, to adjust its rate of
running so that it will keep approximately standard time.

Syn: To adjust; dispose; methodize; arrange; direct; order;
rule; govern.

Synonyms: baffle, determine, govern, influence, modulate, mold, order, regularize, set, shape

Antonyms: deregulate

See Also: adjust, advance, bound, carry weight, cause, confine, decide, decide, determine, district, do, index, limit, make, make up one's mind, miscreate, pace, predetermine, reset, reshape, restrain, restrict, set ahead, standardise, standardize, throttle, time, trammel, zone

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