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 for regulating
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Regulate \Reg"u*late\ (-l[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Regulated
     (-l[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Regulating.] [L.
     regulatus, p. p. of regulare, fr. regula. See Regular.]
     1. To adjust by rule, method, or established mode; to direct
        by rule or restriction; to subject to governing principles
        or laws.
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              The laws which regulate the successions of the
              seasons. --Macaulay.
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              The herdsmen near the frontier adjudicated their own
              disputes, and regulated their own police.
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     2. To put in good order; as, to regulate the disordered state
        of a nation or its finances.
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     3. To adjust, or maintain, with respect to a desired rate,
        degree, or condition; as, to regulate the temperature of a
        room, the pressure of steam, the speed of a machine, etc.
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     To regulate a watch or To regulate a clock, to adjust its
        rate of running so that it will keep approximately
        standard time.
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     Syn: To adjust; dispose; methodize; arrange; direct; order;
          rule; govern.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of controlling or directing according to rule;
           "fiscal regulations are in the hands of politicians" [syn:
           regulation, regulating]

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