Meaning of “regulate” in the English Dictionary

"regulate" in British English

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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:

[ + question word ] Their parents regulate how much TV the children can watch.

Regulate also means to adjust something to a desired level or standard:

As a diabetic, she regulates her sugar intake carefully.
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 /ˈreɡjəleɪt/ us GOVERNMENT, LAW

to check that the activities of a business or organization are legal and follow official rules or laws:

Congress has the power to regulate interstate commerce.
The agency regulates the financial services industry.
This government does not trust the public sector to regulate itself.


(Definition of “regulate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)