regulation

noun
reg·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌre-gyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce regulation (audio) , ˌre-gə- also ˌrā-\

Definition of regulation

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of regulating : the state of being regulated
2a : an authoritative rule dealing with details or procedure safety regulations
b : a rule or order issued by an executive authority or regulatory agency of a government and having the force of law
3a : the process of redistributing material (as in an embryo) to restore a damaged or lost part independent of new tissue growth
b : the mechanism by which an early embryo maintains normal development
4a or regulation time : the standard period of time established by the rules of a game or contest excluding overtime Trailing by five with less than a minute to go in regulation, Boston forced the game into overtime …— Bob Ryan Dallas downed the ball at the 20 with 1:47 left in regulation.— Ralph N. Paulk … there will be a change in France for the 1988 World Cup: a sudden-death … period after regulation time.— George Vecsey
b golf : the standard number of strokes allowed by par for reaching the green on a given hole (that is, one stroke on a par 3, two strokes on a par 4, and three strokes on a par 5) Using his conservative left-to-right fade, he hit all but three greens in regulation.— Jaime Diaz

regulation

adjective

Definition of regulation (Entry 2 of 2)

: conforming to regulations : official

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Synonyms for regulation

Synonyms: Noun

bylaw, ground rule, reg, rule

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Noun

law, rule, regulation, precept, statute, ordinance, canon mean a principle governing action or procedure. law implies imposition by a sovereign authority and the obligation of obedience on the part of all subject to that authority. obey the law rule applies to more restricted or specific situations. the rules of the game regulation implies prescription by authority in order to control an organization or system. regulations affecting nuclear power plants precept commonly suggests something advisory and not obligatory communicated typically through teaching. the precepts of effective writing statute implies a law enacted by a legislative body. a statute requiring the use of seat belts ordinance applies to an order governing some detail of procedure or conduct enforced by a limited authority such as a municipality. a city ordinance canon suggests in nonreligious use a principle or rule of behavior or procedure commonly accepted as a valid guide. the canons of good taste

Examples of regulation in a Sentence

Noun

Builders must comply with the regulations. regulations on the disposal of waste Each agency has its own set of rules and regulations.

Adjective

Students must wear regulation uniforms.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Will Rinehart, director of technology and innovation policy at the center-right policy institution American Action Forum, also doesn’t like the idea of new regulation. Fortune, "Economist Luigi Zingales: To Limit Big Tech’s Power, Regulations Should Be Tailored," 16 July 2019 The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the state filed the lawsuit this month against HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining, alleging 17 violations of state and federal environmental regulations. USA TODAY, "Glowing rock fight, Statehouse stash, hometown hero: News from around our 50 states," 15 July 2019 Environmental groups said the Chevron spill is another sign of weakened regulations under an embattled California agency. Fox News, "Chevron oil spill dumps nearly 800,000 gallons of crude, water in California canyon," 13 July 2019 The violations of the federal regulations for data and record keeping did not cite a lack of electronic health records as the cause. The News Tribune, The Seattle Times, "Despite millions spent, ‘crucial’ DSHS electronic records system is years behind schedule," 6 July 2019 The years-long investigation included video of Long snagging giant bass with treble hooks on Lake Poway, which would be in violation of state regulations. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Legend of San Diego big-bass icon Mike Long is shattered," 3 July 2019 Most of the regulations relate to environmental protection or health hazards from unsafe use. Claire Wolters, National Geographic, "Red, white, and boom? How fireworks came to America," 3 July 2019 Implementation of the regulation still is possible and is pending a further court ruling. oregonlive.com, "Oregon Project runners Sifan Hassan and Konstanze Klosterhalfen go 1-2 in the Pre Classic’s 3,000," 30 June 2019 Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa's late-game saves helped keep the Gold Cup favorites alive as Costa Rica looked to steal the lead in the waning moments of regulation. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Gold Cup: Mexico defeats Costa Rica on penalty kicks," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of regulation

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1803, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of regulation was in 1611

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regulation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of regulation

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an official rule or law that says how something should be done
: the act of regulating something

regulation

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of regulation (Entry 2 of 2)

: in agreement with the official rules

regulation

noun
reg·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌre-gyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce regulation (audio) \

Kids Definition of regulation

1 : a rule or law telling how something is to be done safety regulations
2 : the act of controlling or bringing under control the regulation of water flow

regulation

noun
reg·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌreg-yə-ˈlā-shən, ˌreg-ə-ˈlā- How to pronounce regulation (audio) \

Medical Definition of regulation

1 : the act of regulating also : the resulting state or condition
2a : the process of redistributing material (as in an embryo) to restore a damaged or lost part independent of new tissue growth — compare regeneration sense 2
b : the mechanism by which an early embryo maintains normal development
3 : the control of the kind and rate of cellular processes by controlling the activity of individual genes

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regulation

noun
reg·​u·​la·​tion

Legal Definition of regulation

1 : the act of regulating or state of being regulated
2 : an authoritative rule specifically : a rule or order issued by a government agency and often having the force of law — see also Administrative Procedure Act

Note: An agency is often delegated the power to issue regulations by the legislation that created it. Regulations must be made in accordance with prescribed procedures, such as those set out in the federal or a state Administrative Procedure Act. Federal regulations are first published in the Federal Register and later codified in the Code of Federal Regulations.

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