Regulator vs Regulate - What's the difference?

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Regulate is a related term of regulator.

Regulator is a related term of regulate.

As a noun regulator

is a device that controls or limits something.

As a verb regulate is

to dictate policy.



(en noun)
  • A device that controls or limits something.
  • The voltage regulator stopped working and the resulting overload destroyed the device.
  • A person or group that sets standards of practice, especially those established by law.
  • A very accurate clock, used by clockmakers to measure the timekeeping of each newly made clock.
  • Derived terms

    * voltage regulator * battery regulator




  • 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