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Meaning & Definition of Regulate in English

English

Regulate

/rɛgjəlet/

verb

1. Fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of

  • "Regulate the temperature"
  • "Modulate the pitch"
    synonym:
  • regulate
  • ,
  • modulate

2. Bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage

  • Impose regulations
  • "We cannot regulate the way people dress"
  • "This town likes to regulate"
    synonym:
  • regulate
  • ,
  • regularize
  • ,
  • regularise
  • ,
  • order
  • ,
  • govern

3. Shape or influence

  • Give direction to
  • "Experience often determines ability"
  • "Mold public opinion"
    synonym:
  • determine
  • ,
  • shape
  • ,
  • mold
  • ,
  • influence
  • ,
  • regulate

4. Check the emission of (sound)

    synonym:
  • baffle
  • ,
  • regulate

Examples of using

Traffic lights are used to regulate traffic.