- to control or direct by a rule, principle, method, etc.: to regulate household expenses.
- to adjust to some standard or requirement, as amount, degree, etc.: to regulate the temperature.
- to adjust so as to ensure accuracy of operation: to regulate a watch.
- to put in good order: to regulate the digestion.
Origin of regulate
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Examples from the Web for regulatory
It has nothing to do with the regulatory job he is nominated for.Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton
January 8, 2015
This would, of course, require some moderation of regulatory standards, particularly in reference to climate change.Legal but Still Poor: The Economic Consequences of Amnesty
November 21, 2014
They would fight against any potential amnesty, for tax and regulatory reform, he said.In Texas, Cruz, Perry Crow Over GOP Rout
November 5, 2014
They resist corruption in campaign finance law, but they see it everywhere in regulatory agencies.The Supreme Court Is Weighing Corporate Power Yet Again
October 17, 2014
Instead of dousing the wild blazes of unregulated capitalism, regulatory policy can pour fuel on the fire.The Best Regulator? That’s Easy. It’s the Market.
Veronique de Rugy
October 16, 2014
The need for additional resource/use plans and regulatory programs is recognized by the National Park Service.Humpback Whales in Glacier Bay National Monument, Alaska
United States Department of Commerce, Marine Mammal Commission
Its regulatory powers should be amended to include regulation of coastwise shipping so as to assure stability and better service.State of the Union Addresses of Herbert Hoover
Regulatory and research work have been segregated in order that each field may be served more effectively.State of the Union Addresses of Calvin Coolidge
At this stage, the medium and the resources attached to it are very cheap, accessible, under no regulatory constraints.After the Rain
This year, we must begin the effort to reform our regulatory processes for the railroad, bus, and the trucking industries.
- to adjust (the amount of heat, sound, etc, of something) as required; control
- to adjust (an instrument or appliance) so that it operates correctly
- to bring into conformity with a rule, principle, or usage
Word Origin and History for regulatory
early 15c., "adjust by rule, control," from Late Latin regulatus, past participle of regulare "to control by rule, direct," from Latin regula "rule" (see regular). Meaning "to govern by restriction" is from 1620s. Related: Regulated; regulating.
- To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
- To adjust to a particular specification or requirement.
- To adjust a mechanism for accurate and proper functioning.
- To put or maintain in order.