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English verb: regulate

1. regulate (change) fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of


SamplesRegulate the temperature.
Modulate the pitch.


Synonymsmodulate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)adjust, correct, set

2. regulate (social) bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations


SamplesWe cannot regulate the way people dress.
This town likes to regulate.


Synonymsgovern, order, regularise, regularize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decide, determine, make up one's mind


Narrower (hyponym)district, standardise, standardize, zone


Antonymsderegulate

3. regulate (cognition) shape or influence; give direction to


SamplesExperience often determines ability.
Mold public opinion.


Synonymsdetermine, influence, mold, shape


Pattern of useSomething ----s something.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make


Narrower (hyponym)carry weight, decide, disincline, dispose, incline, index, indispose, miscreate, pace, predetermine, reshape, time

4. regulate (change) check the emission of (sound)


Synonymsbaffle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel









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