re·gime | \ rā-ˈzhēm , ri- also ri-ˈjēm \
variants: or less commonly régime

Definition of regime 

1a : regimen sense 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

2a : mode of rule or management

b : a form of government a socialist regime

c : a government in power

d : a period of rule

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Examples of regime in a Sentence

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.
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Venezuela’s Efecto Cocuyo (Firefly Effect) reports facts that the regime tries to hide, including murder counts and the black-market exchange rate (see article). The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 Moreover, ownership was considering changes in the front office – changes that eventually came at the end of the year – and seemed reluctant to let the Tony La Russa/Dave Stewart regime make another significant decision. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller trade still haunting them," 13 July 2018 All the while, the regime continued to vilify Israel. Eliora Katz, WSJ, "Iranians Are Now Chanting ‘Death to Palestine’," 13 July 2018 The horrific regime at the heart of The Handmaid’s Tale, which just wrapped its Emmy-nominated second season on Hulu this week, is a lot of things., "The Handmaid’s Tale," 13 July 2018 Around the world today, one in three people lives under an authoritarian regime, while many others are experiencing a decline in their democratic freedoms. Vivienne Walt, Time, "Meet 4 Crusaders Who Are Keeping the Dream of Democracy Alive," 12 July 2018 This precise irrational rationale is the intellectual formula of choice for budding totalitarian regimes. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 Many of them had no desire to return to the European countries where the Nazi regime had robbed them of their homes and families. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 Willis, a 57-year-old fan from Birmingham, said of past regimes. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Coach of England wins the nation’s heart by being a nice guy," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of regime

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for regime

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

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English Language Learners Definition of regime

: a form of government : a particular government

: a system of management


re·gime | \ rā-ˈzhēm , ri- \

Kids Definition of regime

1 : a form or system of government a military regime

2 : regimen


re·gime | \ rā-ˈzhēm, ri- also ri-ˈjēm \

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re·gime | \ rā-ˈzhēm, ri- \

Legal Definition of regime 

: 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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