regimen

noun
reg·​i·​men | \ ˈre-jə-mən also ˈre-zhə- How to pronounce regimen (audio) \

Definition of regimen

1a : a systematic plan (as of diet, therapy, or medication) especially when designed to improve and maintain the health of a patient
b : a regular course of action and especially of strenuous training the daily regimen of athletes

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We borrowed "regimen" straight from Latin, spelling and all - but in Latin, the word simply meant "rule" or "government." In English, it usually refers to a system of rules or guidelines, often for living a healthy life or taking a regular dose of exercise. The Latin regimen derives from another Latin word, the verb "regere," which means "to lead straight" or "to rule." If you trace straight back from "regere," you'll find that "regimen" has plenty of lexical kin, including "correct," "erect," "region," "rule," and "surge." If you are using the "training" sense of "regimen," be careful not to confuse the word with "regiment," another "regere" descendant, which is used for a military unit.

Examples of regimen in a Sentence

with the start of the new year, a new party will have regimen over the nation and, hopefully, bring some much-needed change

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My mom taught me that your beauty regimen is a part of wellness. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "14 Beauty Experts on the Lessons They’ve Learned From Their Mothers," 11 May 2019 Taking medication or being on insulin therapy can be frustrating, but following your prescribed regimen is worth it. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Ways to Better Control Your Type 2 Diabetes," 19 Apr. 2019 That youthfulness likely comes, in part, from the strict training regimen that Meiler designs herself. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Meet Flo Filion Meiler, the 84-Year-Old Track and Field Athlete With Over 775 Medals," 26 Apr. 2019 That's even though promoters say the state inspector, Neal, asks around about new fighters' training regimens. The Courier-Journal, "Danger in the cage: Lax regulation in amateur MMA puts lives at risk," 21 June 2018 Together, Brady and Guerrero developed the TB12 Method, a training regimen focused on pliability as a way to prevent injuries. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "Edelman Suspension Adds Fuel to the Brady/Belichick Alex Guerrero Feud," 8 June 2018 After getting the all-clear from the psychiatrist, my doctor put me on a regimen of fertility drugs that essentially helped to stimulate ovulation and support and maintain an early pregnancy. Kate Willsky, SELF, "What It’s Like to Deal With Anorexia While You’re Pregnant," 8 Feb. 2019 Besides the obvious silver lining—that glorious 60-minute gain of precious sleep on Saturday night—what better time to focus on a new regimen that maximizes beauty sleep? Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "8 Eye Masks For the Best Beauty Sleep of Your Life," 29 Oct. 2018 Now 52, Smith relies on an intense exercise regimen to stay in top shape. New York Times, "The People Behind the Horse at Camp Justify," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of regimen

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for regimen

Middle English, from Medieval Latin regimin-, regimen position of authority, direction, set of rules, from Latin, steering, control, from regere to direct

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regimen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of regimen

: a plan or set of rules about food, exercise, etc., to make someone become or stay healthy

regimen

noun
reg·​i·​men | \ ˈre-jə-mən How to pronounce regimen (audio) \

Kids Definition of regimen

: a systematic course of action a daily exercise regimen

regimen

noun
reg·​i·​men | \ ˈrej-ə-mən also ˈrezh-ə-\

Medical Definition of regimen

: a systematic plan (as of diet, therapy, or medication) especially when designed to improve and maintain the health of a patient

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