verb (used with object), de·reg·u·lat·ed, de·reg·u·lat·ing.

to remove government regulatory controls from (an industry, a commodity, etc.): to deregulate the trucking industry; to deregulate oil prices.

verb (used without object), de·reg·u·lat·ed, de·reg·u·lat·ing.

to undergo deregulation: Some banks have already started to deregulate.

Origin of deregulate

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65; de- + regulate
Related formsde·reg·u·la·tion, nounde·reg·u·la·tor, nounde·reg·u·la·to·ry [dee-reg-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /diˈrɛg yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for deregulate

decontrol, denationalize

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(tr) to remove regulations or controls from
Derived Formsderegulation, nounderegulator, nounderegulatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for deregulate

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

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