To dictate policy.
To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
- the laws which regulate the successions of the seasons
To adjust to a particular specification or requirement: regulate temperature.
To adjust (a mechanism) for accurate and proper functioning.
- The herdsmen near the frontier adjudicated their own disputes, and regulated their own police.
- to regulate a watch, i.e. adjust its rate of running so that it will keep approximately standard time
To put or maintain in order.
- to regulate the temperature of a room, the pressure of steam, the speed of a machine, etc.
- to regulate the disordered state of a nation or its finances
- to regulate one's eating habits
(label) The same in all respects.
Exactly identical, having the same value.
- They who are not disposed to receive them may let them alone or reject them; it is equal to me.
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(label) Fair, impartial.
* 1644 , (John Milton), (Aeropagitica) :
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- it could not but much redound to the lustre of your milde and equall Government, when as private persons are hereby animated to thinke ye better pleas'd with publick advice, then other statists have been delighted heretofore with publicke flattery.
* (Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
- Are not my ways equal ?
(label) Adequate; sufficiently capable or qualified.
- Thee, O Jove, no equal judge I deem.
* 1881 , (Jane Austen), ,
- her comprehension was certainly more equal to the covert meaning, the superior intelligence, of those five letters so arranged.
* (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
- The Scots trusted not their own numbers as equal to fight with the English.
* (Ralph Waldo Emerson) (1803-1882)
- It is not permitted to me to make my commendations equal to your merit.
(label) Not variable; equable; uniform; even.
- whose voice an equal messenger / Conveyed thy meaning mild.
* (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
(label) Intended for voices of one kind only, either all male or all female; not mixed.
- an equal temper
* (the same in all respects) identical
* (exactly identical) equivalent, identical
* (unvarying) even, fair, uniform, unvarying
(mathematics) To be equal to, to have the same value as; to correspond to.
To be equivalent to; to match
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- Two plus two equals four.
(informal) To have as its consequence.
- There was an even more remarkable attendance figure that underscores the devotion exhibited by our fans, because it was in 1991 that they set a single season in-stadium attendance record that has never been equaled .
- Losing this deal equals losing your job.
- Might does not equal right.
* (to be equal to) be, is
* (sense) entail, imply, lead to, mean, result in, spell
A person or thing of equal status to others.
- We're all equals here.
- This beer has no equal .
(obsolete) State of being equal; equality.
- Those who were once his equals envy and defame him.
* (person or thing of equal status to others) peer
* equal temperament