verb (used with object), reg·u·lat·ed, reg·u·lat·ing.
- 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.
- 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
v.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. v.
- 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.