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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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 Here are my thoughts on the two diets, plus my pick for the ultimate healthy-eating regime., "Is the Nordic Diet Really Healthier Than the Mediterranean Diet? A Nutritionist Weighs In," 6 June 2018 The requirement that nuclear inspectors get universal access would include military sites — long a red line for the regime. Time, "Mike Pompeo Threatens to Impose the 'Strongest Sanctions in History' on Iran," 22 May 2018 Its specialty, somewhat uniquely, is earning money for the ruling regime. Fortune, "Cyberwar: How Nations Attack Without Bullets Or Bombs," 12 May 2018 This kind of scorecard de-emphasizes the potential prestige aspect, prioritizing the rankings’ use not as a way for a regime to paper over flaws, but as a tool for identifying areas for policy improvement. Peter Vanham, The New Republic, "Why Do-Gooders Love Development Statistics," 11 May 2018 Less convincing are the detours into politics and the treatment of Vladimir Putin, whose regime sweeps into the story at various points like inclement weather. Simon Shuster, Time, "To Understand Russia, Read A Terrible Country," 12 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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