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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, straight piece of wood" (from PIE root *reg- "move in a straight line," with derivatives meaning "to direct in a straight line," thus "to lead, rule"). Meaning "to govern by restriction" is from 1620s. Related: Regulated; regulating.

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Definitions of regulate from WordNet

regulate (v.)
fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of;
regulate the temperature
Synonyms: modulate
regulate (v.)
bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations;
We cannot regulate the way people dress
This town likes to regulate
Synonyms: regularize / regularise / order / govern /
regulate (v.)
shape or influence; give direction to;
Synonyms: determine / shape / mold / influence
regulate (v.)
restrain the emission of (sound, fluid, etc.);
Synonyms: baffle
From wordnet.princeton.edu