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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The opposition’s parallel government filed papers Friday urging the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia to support the Trump administration’s push for regime change in Venezuela by pausing a $1.4 billion debt-collection lawsuit. ... Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Venezuelan Opposition Seeks U.S. Court’s Help Protecting Citgo," 4 Mar. 2019 Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “They Try to Take You Out with Bullshit”," 3 Mar. 2019 The all-stock deal is the largest U.S. bank merger since the financial crisis ushered in a stricter regulatory regime that kept banks on the sidelines of recent deal-making booms. Allison Prang, WSJ, "BB&T to Buy SunTrust in Largest Bank Deal Since the Financial Crisis," 7 Feb. 2019 The flow regime varies between the three experiments. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quark-gluon plasma reveals viscosity-free properties," 19 Dec. 2018 This is a reward that can be withdrawn if North Korea lies or backtracks, which is expected based the regime's track record. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Doesn’t Want a No-Fly Zone Over the Korean DMZ. Here’s Why.," 18 Oct. 2018 Kim’s apparent olive branch to South Korea and the U.S. comes after months of mounting sanctions against the volatile regime. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Trump warns 'world is watching' after North Korea says it's willing to give up nuclear weapons," 2 Oct. 2018 During her acceptance speech, the high-profile attorney praised journalists for reporting the truth, and urged for an end of persecution of journalists around the world, especially in authoritarian regimes. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Wears a Breezy J. Mendel Gown to a United Nations Event," 6 Dec. 2018 A hundred million people were killed in socialist regimes in the 20th century. Fox News, "Lynne Patton responds to Omarosa audio tape," 15 Aug. 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 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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