Definition of regulation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌreɡjuˈleɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌreɡjuˈleɪʃn//
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  1. 1  [countable, usually plural] an official rule made by a government or some other authority too many rules and regulations fire/safety/building, etc. regulations to comply with the regulations Under the new regulations spending on office equipment will be strictly controlled. the strict regulations governing the sale of weapons
  2. 2[uncountable] controlling something by means of rules the voluntary regulation of the press See related entries: Economy
  3. Extra examples Businesses should be free from excessive government regulation. Food additives are subject to government regulation. In practice, the regulations are rarely enforced. It’s against safety regulations to fix these doors open. Regulations require water authorities to test sea water for bacteria. She was wearing the regulation school uniform. States are enacting new laws and regulations. The Act imposes more stringent regulations on atmospheric pollution. The company took advantage of the country’s lax environmental regulations. The government is under pressure to relax censorship regulations. The notice is in accordance with Regulation 7. The regulations are designed to encourage lower consumption of water. The regulations ban the use of genetically modified organisms. The restaurant owner admitted 13 breaches of food hygiene regulations. Theatre, cinema and broadcasting are all subject to regulation by local authorities. There are strict regulations concerning the adoption of children. There will be stricter regulations dictating which foods are allowed in schools. These regulations apply to all cows sold after June 1998. These restrictions are set out in regulations made by the minister. They are calling for tighter regulation of the industry. Tighter regulations come into force next year. To comply with government hygiene regulations, there must be a separate sink for hand washing. Under the new regulations, each worker must have a rest every two hours. regulations governing trade and industry regulations on hygiene the regulation of the medical profession those opposed to tighter regulation of banks It’s against safety regulations to eat or drink in the laboratory. The enquiry into press self-regulation is expected to report next month. The government has to set up an effective system of regulation. There are too many rules and regulations. There is a need to bring our financial regulation into line with EU standards. Under the new regulations spending on office equipment will be strictly controlled. What is the effect of such legal regulation on small businesses?
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