Deregulate is a verb that means to take away the rules. When someone deregulates a soccer game, the game could become a muddy wrestling match without any rules to keep things on track.

You’ll notice the word regulate at the end of deregulate. Regulate is also a verb, and it means to “control something by rules.” To deregulate something, you take away the rules. If you deregulate a game of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey at your little sister’s birthday party, you could end up with a tail on your face.

Definitions of deregulate

v lift the regulations on

govern, order, regularise, regularize, regulate
bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
Type of:
exempt, free, relieve
grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to

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