- Regulate is defined as to control, direct or adjust.
- An example of regulate is for a committee to make rules that control trade in an area.
- An example of regulate is to change the temperature on the heater.
transitive verbregulated, regulating
- to control, direct, or govern according to a rule, principle, or system
- to adjust to a particular standard, rate, degree, amount, etc.: regulate the heat
- to adjust (a clock, etc.) so as to make operate accurately
- to make uniform, methodical, orderly, etc.
Origin of regulate; from Late Latin regulatus, past participle of regulare, to rule, regulate ; from Classical Latin regula, a rule
transitive verbreg·u·lat·ed, reg·u·lat·ing, reg·u·lates
- 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.
Origin of regulateMiddle English, from Late Latin rēgulāre, rēgulāt-, from Latin rēgula, rod, rule; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
- reg′u·la′tive, reg′u·la·to′ry
(third-person singular simple present regulates, present participle regulating, simple past and past participle regulated)