regime

noun

re·​gime rā-ˈzhēm How to pronounce regime (audio)
ri-,
 also  ri-ˈjēm
variants or less commonly régime
1
b
: a regular pattern of occurrence or action (as of seasonal rainfall)
c
: the characteristic behavior or orderly procedure of a natural phenomenon or process
2
a
: mode of rule or management
b
: a form of government
a socialist regime
c
: a government in power
d
: a period of rule

Example Sentences

The new regime is sure to fall. Under the new regime, all workers must file a weekly report. He was put on a strict exercise regime.
Recent Examples on the Web And with that regime change, my late-capitalism-bemoaning generation will have to pull off a mindset shift. Nick Lichtenberg, Fortune, 31 Dec. 2022 North Korea, similarly, has been sanctioned with little impact on regime change. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, 13 Dec. 2022 Sometimes ending crimes against humanity requires regime change or military defeat. Aaron Rhodes, WSJ, 2 Dec. 2022 But the early success has come after a regime change. Dustin Dopirak, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Dec. 2022 Thursday marked his reformist bloc's second victory — its first being historic 2018 polls that led to UMNO's ouster and the first regime change since Malaysia's independence from Britain in 1957. Eileen Ng, ajc, 25 Nov. 2022 Previous requests from Zelensky to sit down with Putin were repeatedly rebuffed, a demand by either side for regime change as a precondition to talks would be a non-starter at this point. Francesca Ebel, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2022 Thousands rally in downtown L.A. for regime change in Iran. Katie Licari, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2022 Nationwide protests have been ongoing for over a month following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini with calls for regime change ringing around the streets. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 19 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French régime, from Old French regimen, regime, from Late Latin regimin-, regimen

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of regime was in 1776

Dictionary Entries Near regime

Cite this Entry

“Regime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regime. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

regime

noun
re·​gime
variants also régime
1
b
: a regular pattern of doing something
2
a
: a method of rule or management
b
: a form of government or administration
especially : a governmental or social system
c
: a period of rule of a regime

Medical Definition

regime

noun
re·​gime
rā-ˈzhēm, ri- also ri-ˈjēm

Legal Definition

regime

noun
re·​gime
rā-ˈzhēm, ri-
: a system of principles, rules, or regulations for administration (as of property)
the mandatory consecutive sentencing regimePeople v. Garcia, 642 N.E.2d 1077 (1994)
community property regime
used especially in the civil law of Louisiana

Note: Under the Louisiana Civil Code there are various regimes for various types of property, such as community or separate property. These regimes, while usually established by the law, may also be modified or created by agreement of the parties.

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