Regulation - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌreɡjuˈleɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word regulation
Brit.  |rɛɡjʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word regulation


- an authoritative rule (syn: ordinance)
- a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior(syn: rule)
- the state of being controlled or governed
- (embryology) the ability of an early embryo to continue normal development after its structure has been somehow damaged or altered
- the act of bringing to uniformity; making regular (syn: regularisation, regularization)
- the act of controlling or directing according to rule(syn: regulating)


- prescribed by or according to regulation


Builders must comply with the regulations.

regulations on the disposal of waste

Each agency has its own set of rules and regulations.

Students must wear regulation uniforms.

There seem to be so many rules and regulations these days.

The local authority is introducing new planning regulations.

All companies must comply with the regulations.

Under the new regulations, all staff must have safety training.

The girls were all wearing regulation shoes.

We obeyed the regulation that no cars be [should be] parked there.

fiscal regulations are in the hands of politicians

...inmates wearing regulation prison toggery... influential Washington lobbyist who has been involved in a number of backstairs deals to limit regulation of financial institutions...

How does one decide whether the economic costs of regulation will outweigh the economic benefits?

They need to weigh up the costs and benefits (=disadvantages and advantages) of regulation.

Word forms

singular: regulation
plural: regulations
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