To regulate something is to control or manage it. Regulations are rules that are put in place to control the way that something is done.

  • The government is trying to regulate the amount of pollution that is allowed in the city.

  • The company is trying to regulate the amount of sugar that is in the chocolate.

Definition of regulates


restrain the emission of (sound, fluid, etc.)




shape or influence; give direction to


determine, influence, mold, shape


bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations


govern, order, regularise, regularize


fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of



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Example Sentences for regulates

  • 1

    This law was accompanied by an attempt to regulate prorogation.

  • 2

    In the United States, the lobster industry is regulated by law.

  • 3

    It also regulates the criminal law and the constitution of the courts.

  • 4

    This part of the Corpus Juris is the regulation of the civil law.

  • 5

    Annex One of the law regulates the denomination of the various filaments.

  • 6

    The law regulated the import and export of some opiates and cocaine.

  • 7

    Provincial regulators regulate the rest of the utilities.

  • 8

    They regulate the waterways.

  • 9

    New regulations are in place to control the natural order of things when there is so much lucre around.

  • 10

    It regulates the transcription of the protein.