Regulate vs Controller - What's the difference?

regulate | controller |

As a verb regulate

is to dictate policy.

As a noun controller is

one who controls something.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • 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




    (en noun)
  • One who controls something.
  • * (rfdate) (Dryden)
  • The great controller of our fate / Deigned to be man, and lived in low estate.
  • (business) A person who audits, and manages the financial affairs of a company or government; a comptroller.
  • (computing) A mechanism that controls or regulates the operation of a machine, especially a peripheral device in a computer.
  • (nautical) An iron block, usually bolted to a ship's deck, for controlling the running out of a chain cable. The links of the cable tend to drop into hollows in the block, and thus hold fast until disengaged.
  • Synonyms

    * administrator * foreman * chief, head, head man * comptroller * overseer * organizer * superintendent * supervisor

    Derived terms

    * memory controller * microcontroller