Regulate Reg"u*late (-l[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Regulated} (-l[=a]`t[e^]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. [1913 Webster]

The laws which regulate the successions of the seasons. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The herdsmen near the frontier adjudicated their own disputes, and regulated their own police. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

2. To put in good order; as, to regulate the disordered state of a nation or its finances. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{To regulate a watch} or {To regulate a clock}, to adjust its rate of running so that it will keep approximately standard time. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To adjust; dispose; methodize; arrange; direct; order; rule; govern. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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