deregulate

[ dee-reg-yuh-leyt ]
/ diˈrɛg yəˌleɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. dere,
  2. derealization,
  3. derecho,
  4. derecognize,
  5. deregister,
  6. deregulation,
  7. dereism,
  8. derek,
  9. derelict,
  10. dereliction

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

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British Dictionary definitions for deregulate

deregulate

/ (diːˈrɛɡjʊˌleɪt) /

verb

(tr) to remove regulations or controls from
Derived Formsderegulation, nounderegulator, nounderegulatory, adjective

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Word Origin and History for deregulate

deregulate

v.

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

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