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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The U.S. airline industry has been deregulated since 1978.
▪ A bill pending in Congress would deregulate electricity sales nationwide.
▪ California did not deregulate its electricity system-the government changed the regulations, and botched the job.
▪ The government set off a consumer spending boom last year by deregulating shop hours.
▪ The long slow process of deregulating the financial sector in fundamental ways is also coming unstuck.
▪ The pressure to deregulate came therefore not only from outside but from inside the Stock Exchange.
▪ The progressive dismantling of regional development policy since 1979 has moved more swiftly than steps aimed at deregulating the housing sector.
▪ The real payoff comes when governments deregulate these systems, because they create the basic incentives that drive employees.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


vb. To remove the regulations from.


v. lift the regulations on [ant: regulate]

Usage examples of "deregulate".

For four years prices were frozen--at above-average levels--but so was competition, which is supposed to increase in a deregulated market.

And that is the true wisdom of the deregulated marketplace in electricity: the brilliant method by which profits are privatized and losses socialized.

A former Republican governor, Pete Wilson, deregulated electric utilities three years ago, claiming that competition would result in lower rates to the consumer.

We can happily deregulate trillion-dollar industries capable of doing immense harm, but deregulating the relatively helpless poor—what a thought!

Like the numerous executive housing estates built in the 1980s in areas of deregulated farmland between Reading and the Thames River, Pangbourne Village has no connections, social, historical or civic, with Pangbourne itself.