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regulate

[reg-yuh-leyt] /ˈrɛg yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), regulated, regulating.
1.
to control or direct by a rule, principle, method, etc.:
to regulate household expenses.
2.
to adjust to some standard or requirement, as amount, degree, etc.:
to regulate the temperature.
3.
to adjust so as to ensure accuracy of operation:
to regulate a watch.
4.
to put in good order:
to regulate the digestion.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Late Latin rēgulātus (past participle of rēgulāre). See regula, -ate1
Related forms
regulative
[reg-yuh-ley-tiv, -yuh-luh-tiv] /ˈrɛg yəˌleɪ tɪv, -yə lə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
regulatory
[reg-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈrɛg yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
regulatively, adverb
antiregulatory, adjective
misregulate, verb (used with object), misregulated, misregulating.
nonregulated, adjective
nonregulative, adjective
nonregulatory, adjective
overregulate, verb, overregulated, overregulating.
preregulate, verb (used with object), preregulated, preregulating.
quasi-regulated, adjective
reregulate, verb (used with object), reregulated, reregulating.
unregulated, adjective
unregulative, adjective
unregulatory, adjective
well-regulated, adjective
Synonyms
1. rule, govern, manage, order, adjust, arrange, dispose, conduct. 2. set. 4. systematize.
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British Dictionary definitions for over regulate

regulate

/ˈrɛɡjʊˌleɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to adjust (the amount of heat, sound, etc, of something) as required; control
2.
to adjust (an instrument or appliance) so that it operates correctly
3.
to bring into conformity with a rule, principle, or usage
Derived Forms
regulative, regulatory, adjective
regulatively, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin rēgulāre to control, from Latin rēgula a ruler
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Word Origin and History for over regulate

regulate

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.

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over regulate in Medicine

regulate reg·u·late (rěg'yə-lāt')
v. reg·u·lat·ed, reg·u·lat·ing, reg·u·lates

  1. To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.

  2. To adjust to a particular specification or requirement.

  3. To adjust a mechanism for accurate and proper functioning.

  4. To put or maintain in order.


reg'u·la'tive or reg'u·la·to'ry (-lə-tôr'ē) adj.
reg'u·la'tor n.
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