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[dee-reg-yuh-leyt] /diˈrɛg yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), deregulated, deregulating.
to remove government regulatory controls from (an industry, a commodity, etc.):
to deregulate the trucking industry; to deregulate oil prices.
verb (used without object), deregulated, deregulating.
to undergo deregulation:
Some banks have already started to deregulate.
1960-65, Americanism; de- + regulate
Related forms
deregulation, noun
deregulator, noun
[dee-reg-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /diˈrɛg yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • Combined with worldwide deregulation, these generational changes have given the consumer more services at lower costs.
  • More of a case of deregulation, more pollution, milking society for all it is worth.
  • Our commitment is to better regulation, not deregulation for the sake of it.
  • So it is with the road to deregulation in the euro zone's economies.
  • Brave too would be any politician who proposed deregulation as a solution to a public-sector problem.
  • Other developing countries have also used them to experiment with deregulation.
  • He vowed to persist with deregulation of the oil sector.
  • It would also mean deregulation of service industries, whose elevated charges raise exporters' costs.
  • There has been deregulation, to lengthen shopping hours and to coax the long-term unemployed back into work.
  • In the medium term, its best policy is to press ahead with structural reforms and deregulation.
British Dictionary definitions for deregulation


(transitive) to remove regulations or controls from
Derived Forms
deregulation, noun
deregulator, noun
deregulatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for deregulation



1963, back-formation from deregulation. Related: Deregulated; deregulating.

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