Meaning of REGULATION in English
I. reg ‧ u ‧ la ‧ tion 1 S2 W2 AC /ˌreɡjəˈleɪʃ ə n, ˌreɡjʊˈleɪʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun
[ Word Family: noun : ↑ regulation , ↑ regulator ; verb : ↑ regulate ; adjective : ↑ regulatory ]
1 . [countable] an official rule or order:
There seem to be so many rules and regulations these days.
new regulations on imports
regulations governing the safety of toys
The local authority is introducing new planning regulations.
All companies must comply with the regulations.
under ... regulations
Under the new regulations, all staff must have safety training.
2 . [uncountable] control over something, especially by rules
the regulation of public spending
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■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + regulations
The regulations surrounding the handling of nuclear waste are very strict.
▪ safety regulations
Every railway has complex safety regulations.
▪ government/federal regulations
Small businessman are fed up with government regulations.
▪ building regulations (=relating to the structure of buildings)
The Building Regulations no longer specify minimum ceiling heights.
▪ environmental regulations
The Bill stipulated some of the toughest environmental regulations yet seen in the industrial world.
▪ planning regulations (=relating to what buildings can be built in an area)
The house must be demolished because it does not conform to planning regulations.
▪ hygiene regulations (=relating to keeping restaurants, hotel kitchens etc clean)
Hygiene regulations stipulate that the caterer must use suitable equipment.
▪ statutory regulations (=that are fixed or controlled by law)
All government bodies are bound by statutory regulations on, for instance, race and sex discrimination.
▪ comply with/meet/conform to regulations
Hotel kitchens must comply with these regulations.
▪ break regulations
The penalties for breaking the regulations were severe.
▪ make regulations
The Secretary of State can make safety regulations governing the making of goods.
▪ tighten regulations (=make them stricter)
The President is expected to announce new efforts to tighten gun-control regulations.
▪ relax regulations (=make them less strict)
He has voted in favor of relaxing environmental regulations.
▪ regulations apply to something
The regulations also apply to new buildings.
▪ regulations govern something (=apply to something)
There are regulations governing the safety of toys.
▪ regulations stipulate something (=state what must be done)
The hospital regulations stipulate minimum staffing levels.
▪ rules and regulations
We must reduce the number of rules and regulations.
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▪ rule an instruction that says what people are allowed to do or not allowed to do, for example in a game, school, or company:
the rules of baseball
He disobeyed the school rules.
▪ law an official rule that everyone in a country, city, or state must obey:
It is against the law to carry a concealed weapon.
The law requires motorcyclists to wear helmets.
▪ regulation an official rule or order, which is part of a set of rules made by a government or organization:
the regulations for applying for a passport
environmental regulations on air pollution
▪ restriction an official rule that limits what people can do:
new restrictions on immigration
The government is planning to impose regulations on the amount of alcohol you can bring into the country.
▪ guidelines rules or instructions about the best way to do something:
the Department of Health’s guidelines for a healthy diet
guidelines for classroom teachers
▪ code a set of rules that people or organizations agree to obey but are not forced to obey:
The school has a dress code for its students.
the company’s code of conduct
▪ statute formal a law that has been officially approved by a parliament, council etc, and written down:
The statute banned corporal punishment.
▪ ordinance American English a law, made by a city or town, that forbids or restricts an activity:
A local ordinance limited speed in the parks to ten miles an hour.
II. regulation 2 BrE AmE adjective [only before noun]
used or worn because of official rules:
The girls were all wearing regulation shoes.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012