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.

regulation on

new regulations on imports

regulations governing the safety of toys

building/planning/fire/health regulations

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

regulation of

the regulation of public spending

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■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + regulations

▪ strict/stringent/tough

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.

■ verbs

▪ 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.

■ phrases

▪ 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


building regulations


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.

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