regulate

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Plain form
regulate

Third-person singular
regulates

Past tense
regulated

Past participle
regulated

Present participle
regulating

  1. (transitive) If you regulate something, you control it by making laws and rules.
    The industry has fought the state's attempts to regulate it.
    The Coast Guard has direct authority to regulate U.S. sailors and port workers.
    The government is considering a law that would regulate the prices of drugs.
    The state maintains the power to regulate all schools.
  2. (transitive) If x regulates y, x causes y to function in a particular way, often at a higher or lower level.
    You turn this to regulate the water flow.
    This part of the brain regulates activities such as decision-making and memory.

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