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- To dictate policy.
- To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
- 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 11, in The History of England from the Accession of James II:
- 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, The Century Co., New York, 1911