- to remove government regulatory controls from (an industry, a commodity, etc.): to deregulate the trucking industry; to deregulate oil prices.
- to undergo deregulation: Some banks have already started to deregulate.
Origin of deregulate
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Examples from the Web for deregulate
This former Goldman Sachs partner has frustrated many progressives by working hard to deregulate Wall Street.Congress Can Be Corrupt Without Corrupt People
December 13, 2013
Their Reaganite Republican adversaries, by contrast, want to deregulate it radically.The Rise of the New New Left
September 12, 2013
One, deregulate everything so that banks can start placing bets agaist their own securities.Waste, Fraud, and Abuse: The Eric Cantor Story
June 21, 2013
The former press secretary criticized GOP plans to increase tax cuts for the wealthy and deregulate banks and Wall Street.Sunday Talk’s 7 Best Moments: Mitch McConnell & More (Video)
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July 8, 2012
Should we fix the ratings agencies by regulating them more stringently, or do we need to deregulate and increase competition?Slow Down, Obama!
April 26, 2010
- (tr) to remove regulations or controls from
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Word Origin and History for deregulate
1963, back-formation from deregulation. Related: Deregulated; deregulating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper