verb (used with object), regulated, regulating.
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.

1620–30; < Late Latin rēgulātus (past participle of rēgulāre). See regula, -ate1

regulative [reg-yuh-ley-tiv, -yuh-luh-tiv] , regulatory [reg-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , 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

1. rule, govern, manage, order, adjust, arrange, dispose, conduct. 2. set. 4. systematize. Unabridged
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regulate (ˈrɛɡjʊˌleɪt)
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
[C17: from Late Latin rēgulāre to control, from Latin rēgula a ruler]

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Word Origin & History

c.1630, from L.L. regulatus, pp. of regulare "to control by rule, direct" (5c.), from L. regula "rule" (see regular). Regulation is first recorded 1672, "act of regulating;" sense of "rule for management" is first attested 1715. Regulator is first recorded 1655; in Eng.
history, with a capital R-, "member of a commission appointed in 1687 to manage county elections." In U.S. history, applied to local posses that kept order (or disturbed it) in rural regions c.1767-71. Meaning "clock by which other timepieces are set" is attested from 1758.
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Medical Dictionary

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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Example sentences
Only recently have scientists and psychologists been able to win regulatory
  approval for their study.
Thatcher combined key prosecutions with regulatory reform, close monitoring of
  unions, and heightened supervision of contractors.
Following up on the speech he gave in the same place two years ago, he made a
  persuasive case for sweeping regulatory reform.
Under the regulatory language, all organic chickens are raised under generic
  free-range conditions.
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