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English Dictionary: regulate by the DICT Development Group
2 results for regulate
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
regulate
v
  1. fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of; "regulate the temperature"; "modulate the pitch"
    Synonym(s): regulate, modulate
  2. bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"
    Synonym(s): regulate, regularize, regularise, order, govern
    Antonym(s): deregulate
  3. shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"
    Synonym(s): determine, shape, mold, influence, regulate
  4. check the emission of (sound)
    Synonym(s): baffle, regulate
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Regulate \Reg"u*late\ (-l[amac]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
      {Regulated} (-l[amac]`t[ecr]d); p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Regulating}.] [L. regulatus, p. p. of regulare, fr. regula.
      See {Regular}.]
      1. To adjust by rule, method, or established mode; to direct
            by rule or restriction; to subject to governing principles
            or laws.
  
                     The laws which regulate the successions of the
                     seasons. --Macaulay.
  
                     The herdsmen near the frontier adjudicated their own
                     disputes, and regulated their own police.
                                                                              --Bancroft.
  
      2. To put in good order; as, to regulate the disordered state
            of a nation or its finances.
  
      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.
  
      {To regulate a watch} [or] {clock}, to adjust its rate of
            running so that it will keep approximately standard time.
  
      Syn: To adjust; dispose; methodize; arrange; direct; order;
               rule; govern.
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