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Definitions of regulate

  1. To adjust by rule, method, or established mode; to direct by rule or restriction; to subject to governing principles or laws. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To put in good order; as, to regulate the disordered state of a nation or its finances. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To put or keep in proper order; adapt to, or govern by, rule, method, or certain standard laws; as, to regulate one's conduct. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To make regular: to adjust by rule: to subject to rules or restrictions: to put in good order. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To adjust by rule; put in order. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. To order or govern by rule; put or keep in order; adjust according to a standard. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of; "regulate the temperature"; "modulate the pitch" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. To adjust by rule; to subject to rule; to put in order. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for regulate

  1. But it is the body and soul that must regulate labour, not labour the body and soul. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  2. Other teachers sought to regulate the lives of their followers by rule and formula, but Christ's plan was to purify the heart and then to leave love to direct the footsteps. – The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
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