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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.
Origin of 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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Examples from the web for deregulate
  • He has relaxed exchange controls and promised to privatise, deregulate and fight corruption.
  • And biotech's message was loud and clear: deregulate.
  • The goal is not to deregulate, but to allow government to make needed choices.
  • Imagine what would happen if he deregulate the insurance companies.
  • Plans to deregulate gambling were hastily scaled back after howls of outrage.
  • Elsewhere, too, the effort to deregulate faces fierce political opposition.
  • Successive governments have tried and failed to deregulate fuel imports.
  • And the pressure to deregulate labour markets and increase fiscal flexibility will grow.
  • The next step should be to deregulate pension funds and let private managers run them.
  • Governments have also failed to deregulate services, which would help to spur domestic demand.
British Dictionary definitions for deregulate


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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