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Meaning of REGULATE

Pronunciation:  'regyu`leyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  check the emission of (sound)
  2. [v]  set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly; "set clocks or instruments"; "regulate the thermostat"
  3. [v]  fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of; "regulate the temperature"; "modulate the pitch"
  4. [v]  shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"
  5. [v]  bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"

REGULATE is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: baffle, determine, govern, influence, modulate, mold, order, regularize, set, shape
 Antonyms: deregulate
 See Also: adjust, advance, bound, carry weight, cause, confine, decide, decide, determine, district, do, index, limit, make, make up one's mind, miscreate, pace, predetermine, reset, reshape, restrain, restrict, set ahead, standardise, standardize, throttle, time, trammel, zone



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Reg"u*late\ (-l[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Regulated}
(-l[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Regulating}.] [L.
regulatus, p. p. of regulare, fr. regula. See {Regular}.]
1. To adjust by rule, method, or established mode; to direct
   by rule or restriction; to subject to governing principles
   or laws.

         The laws which regulate the successions of the
         seasons. --Macaulay.

         The herdsmen near the frontier adjudicated their own
         disputes, and regulated their own police.

2. To put in good order; as, to regulate the disordered state
   of a nation or its finances.

3. To adjust, or maintain, with respect to a desired rate,
   degree, or condition; as, to regulate the temperature of a
   room, the pressure of steam, the speed of a machine, etc.

{To regulate a watch} or {clock}, to adjust its rate of
   running so that it will keep approximately standard time.

Syn: To adjust; dispose; methodize; arrange; direct; order;
     rule; govern.