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Borrowed from Latin regulatus, past participle of regulō (“to direct, rule, regulate”), from regula (“rule”), from regō (“to keep straight, direct, govern, rule”). Compare regle, rail. Displaced native Old English metegian.
- To dictate policy.
- To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
- 1849–1861, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 11, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify |volume=I to V), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323:
- the laws which regulate the succession of the seasons
- 1834, George Bancroft, History of the United States of America, from the Discovery of the Continent
- The herdsmen near the frontier adjudicated their own disputes, and regulated their own police.
- To adjust to a particular specification or requirement: regulate temperature.
- To adjust (a mechanism) for accurate and proper functioning.
- to regulate a watch, i.e. adjust its rate of running so that it will keep approximately standard time
- to regulate the temperature of a room, the pressure of steam, the speed of a machine, etc.
- To put or maintain in order.
- to regulate the disordered state of a nation or its finances
- to regulate one's eating habits
control — see control
- “regulate” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “regulate” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.