AskDefine | Define regulate

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1 fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of; "regulate the temperature"; "modulate the pitch" [syn: 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" [syn: regularize, regularise, order, govern] [ant: deregulate]
3 shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion" [syn: determine, shape, mold, influence]
4 check the emission of (sound) [syn: baffle]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To dictate policy.
  2. To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
  3. To adjust to a particular specification or requirement: regulate temperature.
  4. To adjust (a mechanism) for accurate and proper functioning.
  5. To put or maintain in order: regulate one's eating habits.


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