regulate

The on-off spigot regulates the flow of water into your bathtub. When a government regulates an industry, they set standards the industry must follow. To regulate means to impose control.

Regulate shares a root with the word, regular. When the transit authority regulates a train schedule, it makes sure trains arrive on a more regular schedule. The pharmaceutical industry is heavily regulated –– before a drug can be marketed, it must be tested. On a more personal level, if you want to regulate your digestive system, try eating more fiber... or prunes!

Definitions of regulate
1

v bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations

“We cannot regulate the way people dress”
“This town likes to regulate
Synonyms:
govern, order, regularise, regularize
Antonyms:
deregulate
lift the regulations on
Types:
standardise, standardize
cause to conform to standard or norm
district, zone
regulate housing in; of certain areas of towns
gauge
adapt to a specified measurement
Type of:
decide, determine, make up one's mind
reach, make, or come to a decision about something

v shape or influence; give direction to

Synonyms:
determine, influence, mold, shape
Types:
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dispose, incline
make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief
disincline, indispose
make unwilling
miscreate
shape or form or make badly
carry weight
have influence to a specified degree
decide
influence or determine
reshape
shape anew or differently
time
set the speed, duration, or execution of
index
adjust through indexation
pace
regulate or set the pace of
predetermine
determine beforehand
predispose
make susceptible
foreordain, predestine, preordain
foreordain or determine beforehand
foreordain, predestinate, predestine
foreordain by divine will or decree
Type of:
cause, do, make
give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

v fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of

regulate the temperature”
Synonyms:
modulate
Type of:
adjust, correct, set
alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

v check the emission of (sound)

Synonyms:
baffle
Type of:
bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
place limits on (extent or access)

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