"regulates" in the verb sense
1. regulate, modulate
fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of
"regulate the temperature"
"modulate the pitch"
2. regulate, regularize, regularise, order, govern
bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage impose regulations
"We cannot regulate the way people dress"
"This town likes to regulate"
3. determine, shape, mold, influence, regulate
shape or influence give direction to
"experience often determines ability"
"mold public opinion"
4. baffle, regulate
restrain the emission of (sound, fluid, etc.)
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