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"regulate" in British English

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regulateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈreɡ.jʊ.leɪt/
C1 to ​control something, ​especially by making it ​work in a ​particular way: You can regulate the ​temperature in the ​house by ​adjusting the ​thermostat. [+ question word] Her ​motherstrictly regulates how much TV she can ​watch.

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(Definition of regulate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"regulate" in American English

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regulateverb [T]

 us   /ˈreɡ·jəˌleɪt/
to ​control an ​activity or ​process by ​rules or a ​system: A ​computersystem regulates ​production. [+ question word] Their ​parents regulate how much TV the ​children can ​watch. Regulate also ​means to ​adjust something to a ​desiredlevel or ​standard: As a ​diabetic, she regulates her ​sugarintakecarefully.
regulation
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˌreɡ·jəˈleɪ·ʃən/
Soldiers ​wear a regulation ​uniform.
(Definition of regulate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"regulate" in Business English

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regulateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈreɡjəleɪt/ GOVERNMENT, LAW
to ​check that the ​activities of a ​business or ​organization are ​legal and ​followofficialrules or ​laws: Congress has the ​power to regulate ​interstatecommerce. The ​agency regulates the ​financialservicesindustry. This ​government does not ​trust the ​publicsector to regulate itself.
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