What is regulate?

  • (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
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "regulate":

  • (verb): Fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of.
    Example: "Regulate the temperature"
    Synonyms: modulate
  • (verb): Check the emission of (sound).
    Synonyms: baffle

Famous quotes containing the word regulate:

    The principles of the good society call for a concern with an order of being—which cannot be proved existentially to the sense organs—where it matters supremely that the human person is inviolable, that reason shall regulate the will, that truth shall prevail over error.
    Walter Lippmann (1889–1974)

    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)

    ... moral certainty is certainty which is sufficient to regulate our behaviour, or which measures up to the certainty we have on matters relating to the conduct of life which we never normally doubt, though we know that it is possible, absolutely speaking, that they may be false.
    René Descartes (1596–1650)