Regulate vs Equal - What's the difference?

regulate | equal |


As verbs the difference between regulate and equal

is that regulate is to dictate policy while equal is (mathematics) to be equal to, to have the same value as; to correspond to.

As an adjective equal is

(label) the same in all respects.

As a noun equal is

a person or thing of equal status to others.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

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

    equal

    English

    Alternative forms

    * (archaic) * (archaic)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (label) The same in all respects.
  • * (1671-1743)
  • They who are not disposed to receive them may let them alone or reject them; it is equal to me.
  • Exactly identical, having the same value.
  • *
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  • (label) Fair, impartial.
  • * 1644 , (John Milton), (Aeropagitica) :
  • 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.
  • * Bible, (w) xviii. 29
  • Are not my ways equal ?
  • * (Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • Thee, O Jove, no equal judge I deem.
  • (label) Adequate; sufficiently capable or qualified.
  • * 1881 , (Jane Austen), , p. 311
  • her comprehension was certainly more equal to the covert meaning, the superior intelligence, of those five letters so arranged.
  • * (1609-1674)
  • The Scots trusted not their own numbers as equal to fight with the English.
  • * (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • It is not permitted to me to make my commendations equal to your merit.
  • * (Ralph Waldo Emerson) (1803-1882)
  • whose voice an equal messenger / Conveyed thy meaning mild.
  • (label) Not variable; equable; uniform; even.
  • * (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • an equal temper
  • (label) Intended for voices of one kind only, either all male or all female; not mixed.
  • Usage notes

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    Synonyms

    * (the same in all respects) identical * (exactly identical) equivalent, identical * (unvarying) even, fair, uniform, unvarying

    Verb

  • (mathematics) To be equal to, to have the same value as; to correspond to.
  • Two plus two equals four.
  • To be equivalent to; to match
  • * 2004 , Mary Levy and Jim Kelly, Marv Levy: Where Else Would You Rather Be?
  • 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 .
  • (informal) To have as its consequence.
  • Losing this deal equals losing your job.
    Might does not equal right.

    Synonyms

    * (to be equal to) be, is * (sense) entail, imply, lead to, mean, result in, spell

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A person or thing of equal status to others.
  • We're all equals here.
    This beer has no equal .
  • * Addison
  • Those who were once his equals envy and defame him.
  • (obsolete) State of being equal; equality.
  • (Spenser)

    Synonyms

    * (person or thing of equal status to others) peer

    Derived terms

    * equally * equalize/equalise * unequal * equal temperament

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