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 for regulate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Regulate \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.
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              The laws which regulate the successions of the
              seasons. --Macaulay.
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              The herdsmen near the frontier adjudicated their own
              disputes, and regulated their own police.
                                                    --Bancroft.
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     2. To put in good order; as, to regulate the disordered state
        of a nation or its finances.
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     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.
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     To regulate a watch or To regulate a clock, to adjust its
        rate of running so that it will keep approximately
        standard time.
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     Syn: To adjust; dispose; methodize; arrange; direct; order;
          rule; govern.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  regulate
      v 1: fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of;
           "regulate the temperature"; "modulate the pitch" [syn:
           regulate, 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: regulate,
         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, regulate]
      4: check the emission of (sound) [syn: baffle, regulate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  173 Moby Thesaurus words for "regulate":
     abate, accommodate, accord, adapt, adjust, adjust to, administer,
     administrate, alter, arrange, array, assimilate, assimilate to,
     assuage, attune, authorize, balance, be master, be responsible for,
     box in, call the shots, call the signals, captain, carry on, chair,
     chart, circumscribe, codify, command, condition, conduct,
     constitute, control, cool off, coordinate, cut to, damp, decide,
     declare lawful, decree, deploy, determine, diminish, direct,
     discipline, dispose, enact, engineer, equalize, equilibrize,
     establish, even, fit, fix, flatten, form, formulate, gear to,
     govern, grade, guide, handle, harmonize, head, head up, hedge,
     hedge about, hierarchize, homogenize, homologate, homologize,
     key to, lay out, lead, lead on, leaven, legalize, legislate,
     legitimate, legitimatize, legitimize, level, limit, line up,
     maintain, make a regulation, make legal, make plumb,
     make the rules, make uniform, manage, maneuver, manipulate,
     marshal, mastermind, measure, methodize, mitigate, moderate,
     modify, modulate, monitor, narrow, normalize, officer, operate,
     ordain, order, organize, oversee, pacify, palliate, plan,
     prescribe, preside over, proportion, pull the strings,
     put in force, put in tune, qualify, quarterback, quiet, rank,
     rationalize, reconcile, rectify, reduce, regularize, regulate by,
     restrain, restrict, right, routinize, rule, run, sanction, season,
     set, set conditions, set limits, set right, set up, settle,
     similarize, skipper, smooth, soften, stabilize, stand over,
     standardize, steer, stereotype, structure, superintend, supervise,
     symmetrize, sync, synchronize, systematize, tailor, take command,
     take the lead, temper, tranquilize, trim to, true, true up, tune,
     tune up, uniformize, validate, wear the pants, wield authority
  
  

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