Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
  • transitive v. To adjust to a particular specification or requirement: regulate temperature.
  • transitive v. To adjust (a mechanism) for accurate and proper functioning.
  • transitive v. To put or maintain in order: regulate one's eating habits.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To adjust by rule, method, or established mode; to direct by rule or restriction; to subject to governing principles or laws.
  • transitive v. To put in good order.
  • transitive v. To adjust, or maintain, with respect to a desired rate, degree, or condition

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To adjust by rule, method, or established mode; govern by or subject to certain rules or restrictions; direct.
  • To put or keep in good order: as, to regulate the disordered state of a nation or its finances; to regulate the digestion.
  • Specifically, in musical instruments with a keyboard, so to adjust the action that it shall be noiseless, prompt, and sensitive to the touch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. shape or influence; give direction to
  • v. fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of
  • v. bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
  • v. check the emission of (sound)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Late Latin rēgulāre, rēgulāt-, from Latin rēgula, rod, rule; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin regulatus, past participle of regulare ("to direct, rule, regulate"), from regula ("rule"), from regere ("to keep straight, direct, govern, rule"). Compare regle, rail. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One of the more credible arguments is that while Congress may regulate commerce between the states (the term regulate meaning something entirely different to the Founders, chiefly that individual state commercial law should have some uniformity), how can Congress regulate non-activity or no commerce?

    The Rule of Reason

  • But, half the blame can be laid to the ambiguity of the term regulate, and also to the clause general welfare

    The Dougout

  • It is irrelevant, he states, that politicians, and even the Supreme Court, believe that the term regulate means control of the movement or existence of commodities and services via taxation, quotas, or any other species of interventionism across state lines or within them.

    The Dougout

  • Yes America country that just went through one of the worst finical crises in history due to a failure to regulate is overregulated.

    Matthew Yglesias » Is America Overregulated?

  • The field of affective neuroscience has grown and changed so rapidly that for an outsider to the field it can be difficult to keep track of scholars 'best understanding of which parts of the brain regulate what.

    Valerie Tarico: God's Emotions: What Are Emotions Anyway? (Part 4)

  • A decision not to regulate is consistent with leaving matters to the states.

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  • No the Republicans are so smart they think letting the government do nothing to regulate is the answer to everything.

    Durbin: New safety standards likely for offshore drilling

  • It is true that a variant of the word regulate is in fact peppered throughout the text of the House Democrats 'health care reform bill.

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  • (In Nevada, outside of Vegas and Reno, the decision to regulate is made at the county level.)

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