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:

    ... 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)

    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)

    ... 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)