What is regulate?

  • (verb): Fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of.
    Example: "Regulate the temperature"
    Synonyms: modulate
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "regulate":

  • (verb): Check the emission of (sound).
    Synonyms: baffle
  • (verb): Bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations.
    Example: "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"
    Synonyms: regularize, regularise, order, govern

Famous quotes containing the word regulate:

    What man who carries a heavenly soul in him, has not groaned to perceive, that unless he committed a sort of suicide as to the practical things of this world, he never can hope to regulate his earthly conduct by that same heavenly soul?
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)

    Riches are valuable at all times, and to all men; because they always purchase pleasures, such as men are accustomed to, and desire: Nor can any thing restrain or regulate the love of money, but a sense of honour and virtue; which, if it be not nearly equal at all times, will naturally abound most in ages of knowledge and refinement.
    David Hume (1711–1776)

    ... when I exclaim against novels, I mean when contrasted with those works which exercise the understanding and regulate the imagination.—For any kind of reading I think better than leaving a blank still a blank, because the mind must receive a degree of enlargement and obtain a little strength by a slight exertion of its thinking powers ...
    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797)