Regulate vs Administer - What's the difference?

regulate | administer |


As verbs the difference between regulate and administer

is that regulate is to dictate policy while administer is to cause to take, either by openly offering or through deceit.

regulate

English

Verb

(regulat)
  • To dictate policy.
  • To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
  • * Macaulay
  • the laws which regulate the successions of the seasons
  • * Bancroft
  • The herdsmen near the frontier adjudicated their own disputes, and regulated their own police.
  • To adjust to a particular specification or requirement: regulate temperature.
  • To adjust (a mechanism) for accurate and proper functioning.
  • to regulate a watch, i.e. adjust its rate of running so that it will keep approximately standard time
    to regulate the temperature of a room, the pressure of steam, the speed of a machine, etc.
  • To put or maintain in order.
  • to regulate the disordered state of a nation or its finances
    to regulate one's eating habits

    Derived terms

    * deregulate * downregulate * upregulate

    administer

    English

    Alternative forms

    * administre (obsolete)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To cause to take, either by openly offering or through deceit.
  • We administered the medicine to our dog by mixing it in his food.
  • * Macaulay
  • A noxious drug had been administered to him.
  • To apportion out.
  • * Spectator
  • A fountain administers to the pleasure as well as the plenty of the place.
  • * Macaulay
  • Justice was administered with an exactness and purity not before known.
  • * Philips
  • [Let zephyrs] administer their tepid, genial airs.
  • To manage or supervise the conduct, performance or execution of; to govern or regulate the parameters for the conduct, performance or execution of; to work in an administrative capacity.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • For forms of government let fools contest: / Whate'er is best administered is best.
  • To minister (to).
  • administering to the sick
  • (legal) To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a will, or whose will fails of an executor.
  • To tender, as an oath.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Swear to keep the oath that we administer .

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