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Regulate meaning

regulate - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. To adjust by rule, method, or established mode; to direct by rule or restriction; to subject to governing principles or laws.
  2. 2. To put in good order; as, to regulate the disordered state of a nation or its finances.
  3. 3. To adjust, or maintain, with respect to a desired rate, degree, or condition; as, to regulate the temperature of a room, the pressure of steam, the speed of a machine, etc.
  4. 4. To adjust by rule; put in order.

regulate - examples of usage

  1. This account of the manner in which the price of corn may be expected to operate upon the price of labour, according to the laws which regulate the progress of population, evidently shows, that corn and labour rarely keep an even pace together; but must often be separated at a sufficient distance and for a sufficient time, to change the direction of capital. - "Observations on the Effects of the Corn Laws, and of a Rise or Fall in the Price of Corn on the Agriculture and General Wealth of the Country", Thomas Malthus.
  2. Should the state undertake to regulate the liquor business or to enforce liquor laws? - "Civics and Health", William H. Allen.
  3. Then it can regulate population by various expedients. - "Contemporary Socialism", John Rae.
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