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. verb
    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
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    lift the regulations on
    standardise, standardize
    cause to conform to standard or norm
    district, zone
    regulate housing in; of certain areas of towns
    adapt to a specified measurement
    type of:
    decide, determine, make up one's mind
    reach, make, or come to a decision about something
  2. verb
    shape or influence; give direction to
    synonyms: determine, influence, mold, shape
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    dispose, incline
    make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief
    disincline, indispose
    make unwilling
    shape or form or make badly
    carry weight
    have influence to a specified degree
    influence or determine
    shape anew or differently
    set the speed, duration, or execution of
    adjust through indexation
    regulate or set the pace of
    determine beforehand
    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
  3. verb
    fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of
    regulate the temperature”
    synonyms: modulate
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    adjust, correct, set
    alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
  4. verb
    check the emission of (sound)
    synonyms: baffle
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    bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
    place limits on (extent or access)
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