- 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 well-regulated
First, the Second Amendment itself includes a preamble referring to the necessity of a “well-regulated militia.”Justice Scalia Goes Gun Crazy
August 22, 2013
Accidents happen even in well-regulated industries that are run by careful, caring human beings.The Most Dangerous Substance in America May Be Fertilizer
April 19, 2013
The other blacks who took up arms were, in her estimation, “a well-regulated militia.”Condoleezza Tells Her Story
October 15, 2010
And remember the 2nd amendment refers to a "well-regulated" militia.Accomplices to Murder
April 5, 2009
He was a man of well-regulated habits, and did not like being taken unawares.Viviette
William J. Locke
No well-regulated Thames inn can exist a week without a bride and groom.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
She knocked; a well-regulated voice answered, "Who is there?"Audrey Craven
But why should there be either dirt or hurt in a well-regulated place?St. Ronan's Well
Sir Walter Scott
Not that the inmates of these well-regulated abodes are all paupers.
- (of a business, military outfit, routine, etc) controlled or supervised to conform to rules, regulations, tradition, etca well-regulated militia
- 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 well-regulated
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.