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Definition of regulate:

  1. To adjust by rule, method, or established mode; to direct by rule or restriction; to subject to governing principles or laws.
  2. To adjust, or maintain, with respect to a desired rate, degree, or condition; as, to regulate the temperature of a room, the pressure of steam, the speed of a machine, etc.
  3. To put in good order; as, to regulate the disordered state of a nation or its finances.

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mould, tune-up, contain, amaze, oversee, check, keep down, find, see, correct, tell, steward, operate, readjust, puzzle, influence, supervise, mystify, govern, model, find out, inflect, monitor, set up, calibrate, make up one's mind, square up, prescribe, scotch, tend, rule, cure, learn, restrain, curb, forge, dumbfound, keep, mold, pull in, ordinate, rein, restrict, handle, tame, frustrate, change, enjoin, allocate, mildew, coordinate, administrate, tempt, constrain, measure, help, dispose, stick, beat, vex, improve, pose, zero, inhibit, baffle, decide, work, attune, charm, command, diagnose, say, run, thwart, set, guide, machine, manage, preside, direct, foil, bilk, carry on, define, modulate, square off, calibration, temper, cross, order, adapt, get, range, ascertain, regularise, confine, overlook, rectify, stupefy, watch, administer, determine, bridle, put, tune, standardize, superintend, specify, regularize, act upon, ordain, shape, limit, spoil, consecrate, hold, flummox, dictate, gravel, tone, perplex, nonplus, bewilder, reconcile, preset.

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