Dad regulates the temperature in the house by adjusting the thermostat.
- 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 verb-·lat·ed, -·lat·ing
- to control, direct, or govern according to a rule, principle, or system; specif., to impose a body of regulations on a particular industry, type of business, etc.
- 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 regulatefrom 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)