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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 reg·u·late /ˈrɛgjəˌlet/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 reg·u·late /ˈrɛgjəˌlet/ 及物動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Reg·u·late v. t. [imp. & p. p. Regulated p. pr. & vb. n. Regulating.]
 1. To adjust by rule, method, or established mode; to direct by rule or restriction; to subject to governing principles or laws.
    The laws which regulate the successions of the seasons.
    The herdsmen near the frontier adjudicated their own disputes, and regulated their own police.   --Bancroft.
 2. To put in good order; as, to regulate the disordered state of a nation or its finances.
 3. 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.
 To regulate a watch or To regulate a clock, to adjust its rate of running so that it will keep approximately standard time.
 Syn: -- To adjust; dispose; methodize; arrange; direct; order; rule; govern.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of;
           "regulate the temperature"; "modulate the pitch" [syn: modulate]
      2: bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage;
         impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people
         dress"; "This town likes to regulate" [syn: regularize,
         regularise, order, govern] [ant: deregulate]
      3: shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often
         determines ability"; "mold public opinion" [syn: determine,
          shape, mold, influence]
      4: check the emission of (sound) [syn: baffle]