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[v] check the emission of (sound)
[v] set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly; "set clocks or instruments"; "regulate the thermostat"
[v] fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of; "regulate the temperature"; "modulate the pitch"
[v] shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"
[v] bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"



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\Reg"u*late\ (-l[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Regulated} (-l[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Regulating}.] [L. regulatus, p. p. of regulare, fr. regula. See {Regular}.]
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. --Macaulay. 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 {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.

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