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regulate

reg·u·late

regulate

 
pronunciation:
reg y leI tihd
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: regulated, regulates, regulating
definition 1: to control or direct by means of a rule or method.
The government regulates gambling.
 
synonyms:
methodize, regiment, systematize, systemize
similar words:
control, meter, organize, standardize
definition 2: to control so that a required level or standard is maintained.
A pacemaker regulates a person's heartbeat.
 
synonyms:
conform, standardize, tune
similar words:
adjust, coordinate, key, modulate, realign, scale, square with, synchronize, uniform
definition 3: to adjust in order to assure accuracy of operation.
He regulated all of the clocks in our house.
synonyms:
adjust, set, tune
similar words:
align, balance, realign
derivations: regulative (adj.), regulatory (adj.)
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The word regulate contains the following parts:
reg, rect, rig1 Latin root that means king, rule, guide; straight
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).