regulation

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

Definition of regulation

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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

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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 Jake Oettinger stopped 25 shots for Dallas, which has lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time since April 4-6. Erik Erlendsson, orlandosentinel.com, "Lightning stay hot with home shutout over Dallas," 30 Apr. 2021 Earl Monroe's basket tied the score with 17 seconds left in the first OT for Baltimore, and Lew Alcindor (39 points, 17 rebounds) put back his own miss with 6 seconds left in regulation to tie it. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Memorable moments from every game of the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks championship season," 29 Apr. 2021 Alex DeBrincat scored on a one-timer with 18 seconds left in regulation for his 24th goal, tying the game at 3-all and forcing overtime. Matt Carlson, Star Tribune, "Bennett scores in overtime, Panthers edge Blackhawks 4-3," 29 Apr. 2021 Alex DeBrincat scored on a one-timer with 18 seconds left in regulation for his 24th goal, tying the game at 3-all and forcing overtime. Matt Carlson, sun-sentinel.com, "Bennett scores OT winner in Chicago for fifth goal in his eight games with Panthers," 29 Apr. 2021 Dallas remains two points behind Nashville with two games in hand after the Predators also lost in regulation Tuesday night. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "‘A step behind’: Stars’ 5-1 loss in final regular season home game leaves questions about playoff push," 28 Apr. 2021 The Wings gave up a season-high 51 shots in regulation, registering just 17 of their own. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' Jonathan Bernier makes 50(!) saves, but Dallas Stars win in OT, 2-1," 25 Apr. 2021 Randle’s driving layup with 8 seconds left in regulation gave New York a 122-119 lead, but Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Jeffrey Bernstein, courant.com, "Knicks beat Hawks in OT, extending winning streak at NBA-best 8 games," 21 Apr. 2021 Now Paul found Bridges on that 3 in regulation, but if Bridges misses, Milwaukee remains up 3 looking to close out the game. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Suns: Look back at OT thriller over Bucks, ahead to back-to-back at Sixers, Celtics," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Several episodes of the Times’s Ezra Klein podcast last month were brought to my ears by Facebook and the soothing sounds of its pro-regulation message. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Big Tech Targets DC With a Digital Charm Offensive," 8 Mar. 2021 After using Friday’s post-regulation play to work on their 6-on-5, empty net power plays, the Wings used Sunday to simulate 3-on-3 overtime. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings look like they have a second scoring line. Here's why," 11 Jan. 2021 As an anti-regulation Republican, Berry has rarely been an ally to North Carolina workers in her two decades in the role. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "North Carolina’s Labor Commissioner Abandons Workers One Last Time on Her Way Out the Door," 8 Dec. 2020 McCormick, backed heavily by the free-trade, anti-regulation Club for Growth, also posted an outright victory against heavy primary opposition. Arkansas Online, "Bourdeaux flips suburban Atlanta district for Democrats," 6 Nov. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regulation. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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