What does regulate mean?

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ˈrɛg yəˌleɪtreg·u·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. regulate, modulateverb

    fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of

    "regulate the temperature"; "modulate the pitch"

  2. regulate, regularize, regularise, order, governverb

    bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations

    "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"

  3. determine, shape, mold, influence, regulateverb

    shape or influence; give direction to

    "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"

  4. baffle, regulateverb

    check the emission of (sound)


  1. regulateverb

    To dictate policy.

    Etymology: From regulatus, past participle of regulare, from regula, from regere. Compare regle, rail.

  2. regulateverb

    To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.

    Etymology: From regulatus, past participle of regulare, from regula, from regere. Compare regle, rail.

  3. regulateverb

    To adjust to a particular specification or requirement: regulate temperature.

    Etymology: From regulatus, past participle of regulare, from regula, from regere. Compare regle, rail.

  4. regulateverb

    To adjust (a mechanism) for accurate and proper functioning.

    Etymology: From regulatus, past participle of regulare, from regula, from regere. Compare regle, rail.

  5. regulateverb

    To put or maintain in order: regulate one's eating habits.

    Etymology: From regulatus, past participle of regulare, from regula, from regere. Compare regle, rail.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Regulateverb

    to adjust by rule, method, or established mode; to direct by rule or restriction; to subject to governing principles or laws

  2. Regulateverb

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

  3. Regulateverb

    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


  1. Regulate

    "Regulate" is a song performed by Warren G and Nate Dogg. Released in the summer of 1994, the track appears on the soundtrack to the film Above the Rim and later Warren G.'s album Regulate...G Funk Era. The song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #8 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It is considered the breakout single for both artists and makes heavy use of a four-bar sample of the rhythm of Michael McDonald's song "I Keep Forgettin'". The music video featured scenes from Above the Rim, including an appearance by Tupac Shakur. It was number 98 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop and number 108 on Pitchfork Media's Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.

Editors Contribution

  1. regulate

    To adjust or adapt to ensure accuracy and balance.

    Our bodies regulate themselves to ensure our bodily structures and systems work efficiently and the energy flows through them easily.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 2, 2020  
  2. regulate

    To direct or manage according to rule, principle, or legislation.

    They regulate the business and it is always ready for self-regulation and self-assessment.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  
  3. regulate

    To manage the flow of energy or liquid.

    The valve regulates the flow of blood through the heart.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 9, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'regulate' in Verbs Frequency: #781

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of regulate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of regulate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of regulate in a Sentence

  1. Steve Vladeck:

    One of the questions the Court has agreed to take up in these cases is whether, in delegating the power to President Joe Biden EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, Congress exceeded those limits, if the Court says yes, that will not just curtail the EPA's power to respond to climate change in a moment in which it's hard to imagine that Congress will fill the gap ; it would have enormous implications for -- and impose far greater limits on -- the federal government's regulatory power writ large.

  2. Jeremy Millar of technology consultants:

    They are putting in regulatory capital, they are already registered with the regulators, by and large. If the companies and the activities are already regulated, I don't know what it means to regulate the technology.

  3. Cicero:

    Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him.

  4. Derek Newman:

    The Constitution doesn’t allow the government to regulate the content of speech because the government disagrees with it, if the First Amendment was so limited, NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality would not be protected expression because the president interprets this as anti-American sentiment.

  5. Cody Wilson:

    It's speech control to regulate the gun culture.

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