Definition of deregulate in English:


Line breaks: de|regu|late
Pronunciation: /diːˈrɛɡjʊleɪt


[with object]
Remove regulations or restrictions from: the trucking industry was deregulated in the early 1980s
More example sentences
  • After a state passes a law to deregulate the electric industry, the regulatory commission steps in to create the rules.
  • In the late 1990s, the industry was abuzz with plans to deregulate the markets and break up public monopolies.
  • The fuel market was deregulated last year, prompting a series of price hikes that were met with widespread protests.



Pronunciation: /-ˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Without these deregulations, many individuals will be discouraged from pursuing post-secondary education, as the high cost will be prohibitive.
  • The number of taxi licences in the country has trebled since deregulation of the market exactly two years ago.
  • We will pursue our policies of liberalization, deregulation, and privatization.


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  • The government should place top priority on creating new jobs in such a way as to offer incentives to the companies that increase employment and take bolder deregulatory measures to provide better circumstances for doing business.
  • In the present deregulatory climate, however, it is not surprising that a recent proposed bill introducing six weeks of parental leave to be financed by employers' levies has not progressed beyond a select committee.
  • The measure's deregulatory origins forgotten, it became a program of ‘targeted investment.’

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