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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Years ago — this is my belief — gardeners had greater pruning literacy and knew the trimming regime for the successful cultivation of vigorous vines — in other words, how to keep them in a perfect state of balance. Washington Post, "Vines are a romantic addition to the garden — until they go rogue," 9 July 2019 By the end of the season, though, she's made some powerful enemies who dismantle her regime. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Society Season 2: Everything We Know So Far," 9 July 2019 Dictators have long relied on propaganda to fuel their regime’s ideology and centralize power. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Thousands of Newly Unearthed Photographs Document Ugandans’ Life Under Idi Amin," 5 July 2019 Critics have accused Johnson of giving the Iranian regime further reason to keep her imprisoned. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Boris Johnson Is Likely to Be Britain's Next Prime Minister. Who Is He?," 21 June 2019 Despite the military’s intervention to remove Bashir from power, the repressive power structure that was the bedrock of the Bashir regime for decades remains firmly in place. Fox News, "Sudan military admits security forces committed 'violations' after protests turned deadly," 15 June 2019 The rest of the world faces a new regime for tech and finance. The Economist, "America is deploying a new economic arsenal to assert its power," 6 June 2019 This Administration has made a strategic decision to reverse the loosening of sanctions and other restrictions on the Cuban regime. Eric Todisco,, "President Trump Bans Cruises From Traveling to Cuba, Causing Ships Already at Sea to Reroute," 5 June 2019 Payments to that digital currency destination and another linked to the attackers were later banned by the U.S. Treasury Department, which cited sanctions targeting the Iranian regime. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The Trade Secret Firms That Promised High-Tech Ransomware Solutions Almost Always Just Pay the Hackers," 15 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce regime (audio) , 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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