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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Jurors spent most of the first two weeks hearing testimony about the slaying of Bagherzadeh, a critic of the Iranian regime. Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle, "911 call played to jury in Houston ‘honor killings’ death penalty trial," 7 July 2018 Children are the raison d’être of The Handmaid’s Tale’s regime, the justification for all its most egregious actions. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Gilead in America," 20 June 2018 However, news agencies affiliated with the Iranian regime were, unsurprisingly, critical of Netanyahu's video. Ariel Kahana,, "Netanyahu's water-tech offer attracts Iranian internet users," 19 June 2018 Trying to topple the Iranian regime seemed to Obama dangerously in line with previous adventures in the Middle East, in which dreams of democratic revolution backed by force ended in nightmare. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s New World Order," 11 June 2018 And in the summer, as sanctions bite, the streets of Tehran rise up to cast off the Iranian regime. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s demolition theory of foreign policy won’t work," 7 June 2018 Five Democratic senators put a hold on legislation, citing safety concerns, and spoiling the industry’s hopes for a nationwide regulatory regime. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Massachusetts Welcomes Self-Driving Cars—With a Couple Caveats," 21 June 2018 Leading Monday's talks in Singapore were veteran U.S. diplomat Sung Kim and Choe Son Hui, a vice foreign minister with a long history of dealing with the United States for the North Korean regime. Philip Rucker, ajc, "With smiles and a handshake, Trump and North Korea's Kim could mask gulf on nuclear arms," 11 June 2018 He was said to be ready to quit in protest at May’s plans for the U.K.’s future tariff regime. Tim Ross,, "Theresa May Survives Another Political Crisis, But No One’s Satisfied," 8 June 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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