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regulate

reg·u·late

regulate

 
 
pronunciation:
reg y leI tihd
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part of speech: verb
inflections: regulated, regulates, regulating
definition: to control by rules or a special process.
The government regulates the sale of alcohol.Our bodies regulate the temperature inside our bodies.
 
similar words:
control, organize
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).