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reg·u·late

 (rĕg′yə-lāt′)
tr.v. reg·u·lat·ed, reg·u·lat·ing, reg·u·lates
1. To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
2. To adjust to a particular specification or requirement: regulate temperature.
3. To adjust (a mechanism) for accurate and proper functioning.
4. To put or maintain in order: regulate one's eating habits.

[Middle English, from Late Latin rēgulāre, rēgulāt-, from Latin rēgula, rod, rule; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

reg′u·la′tive, reg′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.regulating - the act of controlling or directing according to rule; "fiscal regulations are in the hands of politicians"
control - the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
devaluation - an official lowering of a nation's currency; a decrease in the value of a country's currency relative to that of foreign countries
gun control - efforts to regulate or control sales of guns
indexation - a system of economic regulation: wages and interest are tied to the cost-of-living index in order to reduce the effects of inflation
timing - the regulation of occurrence, pace, or coordination to achieve a desired effect (as in music, theater, athletics, mechanics)
restriction, limitation - an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation)
References in classic literature ?
Whoever considers the populousness and strength of several of these States singly at the present juncture, and looks forward to what they will become, even at the distance of half a century, will at once dismiss as idle and visionary any scheme which aims at regulating their movements by laws to operate upon them in their collective capacities, and to be executed by a coercion applicable to them in the same capacities.
On earth there is nothing greater than I: it is I who am the regulating finger of God"--thus roareth the monster.
She accepted the rules with which they played the game of life as valid for them, but never for a moment thought of regulating her own conduct in accordance with them.