What does regulate mean?

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ˈrɛg yəˌleɪtreg·u·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. regulate, modulate(verb)

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

    "regulate the temperature"; "modulate the pitch"

  2. regulate, regularize, regularise, order, govern(verb)

    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, regulate(verb)

    shape or influence; give direction to

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

  4. baffle, regulate(verb)

    check the emission of (sound)


  1. regulate(Verb)

    To dictate policy.

  2. regulate(Verb)

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

  3. regulate(Verb)

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

  4. regulate(Verb)

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

  5. regulate(Verb)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Regulate(verb)

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

  2. Regulate(verb)

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

  3. Regulate(verb)

    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.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

How to pronounce regulate?

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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. Judge Kathryn Tanksley:

    The role of litigation is not to regulate GM.

  2. Cody Wilson:

    It's speech control to regulate the gun culture.

  3. Frans Timmermans:

    I think globally there will be a call to regulate.

  4. Will Allison:

    Ours was the first rule to directly regulate methane.

  5. Patricia Kovacevic:

    The government’s role is not to regulate for the sake of regulation.

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