Regulate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈreɡjuleɪt|  American pronunciation of the word regulate
Brit.  |ˈrɛɡjʊleɪt|  British pronunciation of the word regulate


- fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of(syn: modulate)

regulate the temperature

- bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations(syn: govern, order, regularise, regularize)

We cannot regulate the way people dress
This town likes to regulate

- shape or influence; give direction to (syn: determine, influence, mold, shape)
- restrain the emission of (sound, fluid, etc.) (syn: baffle)


The dam regulates the flow of water into the river.

We need better laws to regulate the content of the Internet.

Laws have been made to regulate working conditions.

The government regulates how much lead may be found in our water supply.

The department regulates foreign trade.

People sweat to regulate their body heat.

strict rules regulating the use of chemicals in food

Prices are regulated by supply and demand.

We cannot regulate the way people dress

This town likes to regulate

...snakes are cold-blooded, so they regulate their body temperature by alternately basking in sunlight and seeking shade...

Law can never regulate wages properly.

These gates regulate the amount of water flowing into the canal.

the genes that regulate cell division

Word forms

I/you/we/they: regulate
he/she/it: regulates
present participle: regulating
past tense: regulated
past participle: regulated
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