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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In Saudi Arabia, as in Egypt, the alternative to the current reprehensible regime doesn’t seem to be democracy. Azar Gat, WSJ, "The ‘Modernizing Dictator’ Is No Myth," 13 Nov. 2018 But the most progressive, boundary-pushing moments from the evening didn't come from the regime changes but from the contestants themselves. Emily Sioma, Glamour, "Miss Michigan on Her Viral Flint Comment: 'If I Don't Stand up, Who Will?'," 12 Sep. 2018 According to a report in Axios, Israel and the United States formed a joint working group in recent months to help support internal opposition to the Tehran regime. NBC News, "U.S. refuses European requests for exemptions from its new sanctions on Iran," 14 July 2018 Blanco proved his loyalty to the regime in Havana for decades. Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "He now hunts Cuban human-rights abusers in the U.S. Was he once an offender himself?," 12 July 2018 The West then acquiesced to the regime’s onslaught in southwest Syria despite its humanitarian toll. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Russia stays in the driver’s seat in Syria," 10 July 2018 Today, ethnic Russians make up half of Riga’s population, and some still subscribe to the previous regime’s russification policy. L. Kim Tan,, "In Latvia, we got carried away with storks," 26 June 2018 In a series of tweets, actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani compared the policy to the Nazi regime. USA TODAY, "Jimmy Kimmel, Jessica Chastain, more stars rail against Trump's immigration policy," 18 June 2018 Each year, South Korea and the United States send a message to the North Korean regime by rattling a massive sabre—large-scale simulated invasions, conspicuous displays of firepower and combined ground, air and maritime movements. Beatrice Fihn, Time, "Ending War Games With South Korea Isn't a 'Stunning Concession.' It's the Best Thing to Come Out of the Summit So Far," 13 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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