to control or direct by a rule, principle, method, etc.:
to regulate household expenses.
to adjust to some standard or requirement, as amount, degree, etc.:
to regulate the temperature.
to adjust so as to ensure accuracy of operation:
to regulate a watch.
to put in good order:
to regulate the digestion.
As Forbes points out, the bill would likely be ruled an unconstitutional attempt to regulate interstate commerce.
North Carolina’s Ridiculous Tesla Ban Josh Dzieza May 15, 2013
Instead, he muses, why not regulate as if all people need guns, everywhere?
NRA Hipster: Give All Kids a Gun Brandy Zadrozny July 22, 2014
A few weeks ago, Reid called a vote on a Constitutional amendment that would allow Congress to regulate money in politics.
Time is Money: How to Fix Outrageous Political Spending Jim Arkedis November 2, 2014
In a reassuring twist, Forbes, that Tea Party precursor, called on the government to regulate production, and quick!
What ‘Bath Salts’ Will—and Won’t—Make You Do Kent Sepkowitz May 31, 2012
And, thanks to other recent court decisions (notably Citizens United and SpeechNow), they are hard to regulate.
The Answer to the McCutcheon Decision Is More Big Money in Politics Jonathan Rauch April 2, 2014
The steam was kept up by a large boiler, fixed in the fireplace which the doctor was to regulate.
The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
Man contemplating the heavens is to regulate his erring life according to them.
The rule of the majority is so very sacred a thing that it is found necessary to regulate it by legerdemain.
The Crater James Fenimore Cooper
We must regulate our proceedings by the proceedings of our Allies.
Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, November 25, 1914 Various
Now regulate the time of feeding to suit the age of the child and adhere to strict regularity.
The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4) W. Grant Hague
to adjust (the amount of heat, sound, etc, of something) as required; control
to adjust (an instrument or appliance) so that it operates correctly
to bring into conformity with a rule, principle, or usage
early 15c., “adjust by rule, control,” from Late Latin regulatus, past participle of regulare “to control by rule, direct,” from Latin regula “rule” (see regular). Meaning “to govern by restriction” is from 1620s. Related: Regulated; regulating.
regulate reg·u·late (rěg’yə-lāt’)
v. reg·u·lat·ed, reg·u·lat·ing, reg·u·lates
To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
To adjust to a particular specification or requirement.
To adjust a mechanism for accurate and proper functioning.
To put or maintain in order.
reg’u·la’tive or reg’u·la·to’ry (-lə-tôr’ē) adj.
preventing the rejection of a transplanted organ: antirejection drugs. antirejection (ān’tē-rĭ-jěk’shən, ān’tī-) Preventing rejection of a transplanted tissue or organ, as a drug or treatment.
a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by […]
excessive or exaggerated religious zeal. affected or pretended religious zeal. Historical Examples The whole current of the religionism of the day is against it. The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church G. H. Gerberding The austerity of his manners frightens his old father, who can little comprehend the religionism of the new school. The […]
the quality of being ; piety; devoutness. affected or excessive devotion to religion. Contemporary Examples “religiosity can certainly affect our sexuality,” Levkoff says. Fat Men Last Longer in Bed Anneli Rufus September 9, 2010 This season, Ricci found inspiration in the religiosity of Catholicism and ecclesiastical garb. Hedi Slimane’s Spring 2013 Paris Debut at Saint […]