What is regulate?

More definitions of "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
  • (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)

    ... 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)