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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.

    The laws which regulate the successions of the seasons.

    The herdsmen near the frontier adjudicated their own disputes, and regulated their own police.

  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 To regulate a 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.


vb. (present participle of regulate English)


n. the act of controlling or directing according to rule; "fiscal regulations are in the hands of politicians" [syn: regulation]

Usage examples of "regulating".

During the past twenty years, repeated attempts have been made in New York, in Massachusetts, in Pennsylvania, and in the city of Washington, to obtain some legislation regulating the practice of animal experimentation to the extent which obtains in England.

Bill regulating the practice of animal experimentation in the District of Columbia.

In both cases combat films, as opposed to torture and execution sequences, were found to have a marked hypotensive role, regulating blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rates to acceptable levels.

I mean these malpractice suits springing up like weeds I mean you standing right there talking Oscar out of bringing a malpractice suit worried about Sam, about our friend Sam and this whole revolting self regulating conspiracy is that when he did it?

Wyfold thankfully showed no signs of regulating the flow into the careful officialese of a formal statement.

It gave me the impression of a disordered mechanism which had escaped the repressive and regulating action of some controlling partan effect such as might be expected if a pawl should be jostled from the teeth of a ratchet-wheel.

The state thus became progressively more authoritarian as it took on a greater role in regulating economic and social issues.

Again this traces to mutations of a gene coding for a transmembrane protein, this time consisting of 1,480 amino acids and regulating chloride ion transport into the cell.

And consequently, inasmuch as the most reverend and illustrious Archbishop and Prince Elector of Treves not only permits witches and magicians to be subjected to deserved punishment in his diocese, but has also ordained laws regulating the mode and cost of the procedure against witches, thereby with inconsiderate temerity tacitly insinuating the charge of tyranny against the said Elector of Treves.

For the purpose of uniting the thirteen states into one great market for commerce, the northern delegates wanted laws regulating interstate commerce, and urged that such laws require only a majority of Congress to pass.

Nor can a State withdraw Indians within its borders from the operation of acts of Congress regulating trade with them by conferring on them rights of citizenship and suffrage, whether by its constitution or its statutes.

Nova Police can be compared to apomorphine, a regulating instance that need not continue and has no intention of continuing after its work is done.

One or two bottles of this nervine and tonic used previous to confinement, will, in many cases, save hours of terrible suffering, besides regulating the system, and thus insuring a speedy recovery.

He holds that the observations in myxedema, in obesity, and psoriasis warrant the belief that the thyroid gland eliminates a material having a regulating influence upon the constitution of the panniculus adiposus and upon the nutrition of the skin in general.

Subsequently, a bill, brought in by the chancellor of the exchequer, for regulating the orders in council, as they affected neutrals, was carried through both houses.