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 Under the Taliban regime, women have become excluded not only from education but also from work. Valentina Di Donato, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 In the coming months, South Florida may be an unlikely landing place for an unknown number of Afghan refugees who fled the Taliban regime. Brooke Baitinger,, 26 Sep. 2021 An immigration regime that relies on capriciously awarding citizenship for the feat of illegally entering and residing in our country is an inversion of justice, rewarding lawlessness and punishing merit. Nate Hochman, National Review, 20 Sep. 2021 The lightning toppling of the Taliban regime in 2001 defused early concerns in the Bush administration that Afghanistan would become a quagmire. Carter Malkasian, Time, 19 Sep. 2021 Now the regime is back in power following the United States' exit from the Afghan capital on Aug. 31. Editors, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2021 And the hard-liners pay little heed to the human reality unfolding in Afghanistan, where those who worked with Americans during the war are desperate to flee for fear they could be killed by the new Taliban regime. Jill Colvin, ajc, 15 Sep. 2021 To him, even the Cuban regime of Fidel Castro and the Chinese leaders who succeeded Mao were too soft. Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2021 Clarke, in her testimony, emphasized the effectiveness of the Voting Rights Act when the preclearance regime was fully functional. Tierney Sneed And Jessica Schneider, CNN, 16 Aug. 2021

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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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