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regulate

[ reg-yuh-leyt ]
/ ˈrɛg yəˌleɪt /
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verb (used with object), reg·u·lat·ed, reg·u·lat·ing.

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.

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Origin of regulate

First recorded in 1620–30, regulate is from the Late Latin word rēgulātus (past participle of rēgulāre ). See regula, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for regulate

regulate
/ (ˈrɛɡjʊˌleɪt) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of regulate

regulative or regulatory, adjectiveregulatively, adverb

Word Origin for regulate

C17: from Late Latin rēgulāre to control, from Latin rēgula a ruler
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for regulate

regulate
[ rĕgyə-lāt′ ]

v.

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.

Other words from regulate

regu•la′tive null adj.regu•la′tor n.
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