Regulate Definition

regulated, regulates, regulating
regulated, regulates, regulating
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.
Webster's New World
To adjust to a particular standard, rate, degree, amount, etc.
Regulate the heat.
Webster's New World
To adjust (a clock, etc.) so as to make operate accurately.
Webster's New World
To put or maintain in order.
Regulate one's eating habits.
American Heritage
To make uniform, methodical, orderly, etc.
Webster's New World

Origin of Regulate

  • From Latin regulatus, past participle of regulare (“to direct, rule, regulate"), from regula (“rule"), from regere (“to keep straight, direct, govern, rule"). Compare regle, rail.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Late Latin rēgulāre rēgulāt- from Latin rēgula rod, rule reg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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