regulate-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: adjust something to a particular specification

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1 REGULATE NP2
NOTE: Use: No influence or control required. NP1 simply adjusts/maintains a certain setting or specification.

How do you regulate the machine temperature?
The kidneys regulate the body's fluid volume, mineral composition and acidity.
The unit will regulate the capacity so that the compressor runtime is 30 minutes.
I can't regulate the sound to low or high.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4

Sense Number 2: exert control or influence over

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent] REGULATE NP2 NP1[agent] REGULATE COMP

All laws which regulate the capacity of persons to contract are considered personal laws.
Brazil regulates sale of timber.
We cannot regulate the way people dress.
Should schools regulate lunches brought from home?
I need to regulate my eating habits.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: regulate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3