- deregulate de‧reg‧u‧late [ˌdiːˈregjleɪt] verb [intransitive, transitive] ECONOMICSto remove or reduce the number of government controls on a particular business activity, done to make companies work more effectively and to increase competition:
• After internal US flights were deregulated in 1978, the industry quickly became more competitive.
• The pressure to deregulate came from inside the Stock Exchange.— compare regulate— deregulated adjective [only before a noun] :
• Competition is intense in the deregulated financial markets.— deregulation noun [uncountable] :
• The bank industry maintains deregulation has benefited consumers.
* * *deregulate UK US /ˌdiːˈregjəleɪt/ verb [T] ECONOMICS, POLITICS► to remove government controls or rules from a business or other activity: »
That state has had success in deregulating its electricity market.»
The explosion in budget air travel began when the industry was deregulated in 1992.deregulated adjective [before noun]► »
Things are very different in today's deregulated labour market.
Financial and business terms. 2012.