re·​gime | \ rā-ˈzhēm How to pronounce regime (audio) , ri- also ri-ˈjēm \
variants: or less commonly régime

Definition of regime

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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Recent Examples on the Web The White Sox hired him in 2017 after the ineffectual Robin Ventura regime and handed him a rotation including Derek Holland (6.20 ERA), Mike Pelfrey (5.93) and James Shields (5.23). Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Rick Renteria's firing highlights cruelties, inequities toward MLB managers in era of the rebuild," 12 Oct. 2020 However, the capital doesn’t plan to reintroduce a widely unpopular digital travel pass regime that was implemented earlier in the year, Tass reported Thursday, citing a city official. Jake Rudnitsky,, "Russian Covid-19 Cases Hit Record as Moscow Resists Lockdown," 9 Oct. 2020 On Wednesday, White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern detailed the in-house contact tracing regime to reporters. Ashraf Khalil, Star Tribune, "DC faults White House over Rose Garden event, urges testing," 8 Oct. 2020 Qatar’s regime refused to answer Fox News’ questions about the Amnesty report. Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News, "Is Qatar lying about its COVID-19 outbreak to avoid jeopardizing its hosting of the World Cup?," 4 Oct. 2020 Formed in May 1976, the Moscow Helsinki Group reported on regime crackdowns and abuses, publishing its reports on official letterhead — rather than in underground pamphlets — and distributing them to journalists and embassies. Washington Post, "Yuri Orlov, physicist who became a symbol of Soviet dissent, dies at 96," 1 Oct. 2020 What the first excerpts of the CCP’s ‘translation’ of the Bible suggest about the nature of Xi Jinping’s regime. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "China’s Communist Christ," 1 Oct. 2020 In an overdispersed regime, identifying transmission events (someone infected someone else) is more important than identifying infected individuals. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "This Overlooked Variable Is the Key to the Pandemic," 30 Sep. 2020 This way of thinking might be justified in an authoritarian regime, for example, which occasionally holds fake elections to demonstrate popular support. Scott Davidson, The Conversation, "Why there is no ethical reason not to vote (unless you come down with COVID-19 on Election Day)," 29 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of regime was in 1776

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16 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Regime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce regime (audio) , ri- \

Kids Definition of regime

1 : a form or system of government a military regime


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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